Chronic Pain and Creativity 

When it’s hard to get out of bed, it’s hard to be creative. 

Pain comes in many forms. What floors me, and I do lay in the floor in pain sometimes, might not phase you. Sometimes we have no point of comparison to another’s pain. Pain has long been associated with artistry – one has only to look to Renoir and Van Gough. 

Keep Pressing On

The pain passes but the beauty remains. 

Renoir was one of my favorites before I read that quote explaining why he painted despite his pain. 

The time will pass no matter. I might as well muscle through it anyway. When I push through at least I can take satisfaction in knowing I worked towards something. 

Pain comes in many forms – sharp, dull, nauseating, and sometimes overwhelming. Knowing my limits is important, and that means I have to know when to stop. 


One of the best pieces of advice I was given when I was young was to not let the well run dry. 

If I don’t have enough rest, relaxation, and inspiration then writing becomes a challenge. 

Forgiveness Starts In the Mirror 

Last night I talked to myself. To be honest, I talk to myself often.  I asked  questions and then answered them to the best of my ability. What if my project is awful? At least I’ll learn from it. It’s okay if somedays my progress isn’t so great, or if I write crap. It’s not going to be perfect. That’s where drafts and editing come in. 

Here’s a great article from Happify about creativity. 
What keeps you creative on tough days?

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