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How to be creative during artistic dry spells

“Spring does not come from winter; it comes from the silence from which winter came and summer and autumn.”  —Max Picard, The World of Silence
If there’s one thing that connects all people in the arts, it’s this: we live to be caught up in the act of creation.  The creative buzz that comes from writing a book or preparing for a concert is the spark that keeps us engaged in our work and gives meaning and structure to our lives.  Yet all projects have a life span—the concert ends, the book is released, the show closes—and once the glow of accomplishment fades, the artist faces the emptiness of a blank page or empty rehearsal schedule.  
I’ve met people who seem to bounce from project to project with little or no empty time in-between.  I’ve even been lucky enough to occasionally experience that buoyancy several times myself.  But sometimes—usually when I need a good long time to refill the creative well—I complete a creative project and there’s nothing but silence and emptiness on the ot…

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