Block to Creativity: Flatline

Photos Lake Tahoe 039What comes to mind when you say the word ‘Flatline’?  I think of death first, but for the living it can be a state of comatose, not feeling much emotion, no highs and no lows, just a middle range of dullness.    I need to give this state of being more thought as it applies to life and writing and creative thoughts.  There is a numbness, an unfeeling, even as life continues on with its daily tasks.   Many its a survival skill, a retreat  from the world, a regrouping while some healing or growth takes place.  Maybe its like a caterpillar going into its cocoon.  I like the image of a butterfly emerging after what appears to be a dormant stage.

The journey continues.Molakai 2012 042



About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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7 Responses to Block to Creativity: Flatline

  1. marilynscottwaters says:

    Sometimes ground needs to lie fallow for a while. Winter happens. Considering all the demands in your life right now, your creative time and energy may be smaller. So respect those small moments that you can eke out here and there. They are precious. And don’t forget to treat your self to playtime. When you’re feeling numb and blah, treating yourself to something that appeals to your heart’s core, whether it be a fun doodle, new art supplies, a piece of doll clothing or just a stolen field trip to a museum, book store or park can be like a cup of cocoa for your soul. Warm hugs, M

  2. There is often so much on my schedule that I find it difficult to make enough writing time to keep me in the story that I am working on. If I spend too much time away from the project, it just fizzles and I have to build the energy up all over again. That is when I tend to get a little numb. Stay with it and you’ll be breaking out of the shell.

  3. JSD says:

    Been there, done that. Just need to re-energize, like the bunny. 🙂

  4. Life does tend to interfere with our muse, sometimes. At others, the muse goes on vacation. She will return, eventually, and the creativity will begin to flow again, although it may take a completely different path than you expect! 🙂

    • The doll path last year caught me by surprise.I gave myself to my muse. But it was fun and I could break the tasks into small increments…maybe 20 minutes a day,several times a week.


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