Pretty much everyone is faced with writer’s block sooner or later. It’s when you have to come up with a new idea and you just can’t force one out of yourself. An artist may be staring at an empty canvas. A composer at a blank sheet of staff paper.
Elinor Peace Bailey is a renowned doll maker, teacher, artist, poet and author. Twenty-four years ago she wrote a book titled “Mother Plays With Dolls,” with the subtitle “…and finds an important key to unlocking creativity.”
The book was mostly about making dolls, but the insight on creativity (and getting past an ‘artistic block’) can be used by anyone.
It’s a pretty interesting idea. It goes like this:
- We all have mental filters for looking at the world. We can look at the world through our ‘parent filter,’ or through our ‘child filter,’ or through our ‘adult filter,’ etc. As an example, as a boss at work, you probably do best when you think like a parent.
- When we are faced with coming up with a brand new idea, we try to do it as an adult. “Think! we tell ourselves.”
- But when we play with dolls, we pretty much all play like children.
- And when we doll play, we are very imaginative. We make up scenarios and mental stories about our doll play. We get very creative!
- So if you need to get creative, play with your dolls!
- Once you start playing with your dolls, you’ll find it easier to play with words, or notes or ideas, and ‘voila!’ you’re past your ‘writer’s block.’
- So ingenious!
Thanks, Elinor for the insight. I’m going to go unleash some creativity now. But first, I’m going to go play with my dolls. Bye.