There’s a drought. The sun has been shining for a couple of months. It’s been hot. There has been no significant rainfall in several weeks. The ground is parched here and there. Green fields are turning brown. The levels of lakes, rivers and streams are falling. Farmers are becoming more pessimistic than usual, concerned about feeding livestock and their parched crops.
But things are not too serious. The shops are stocked. The taps still provide when they are turned. A little rain is even in the forecast. A little rain has fallen too. And eventually, summer will turn to fall. The clouds will form. The rain will come.
There’s another drought, a creative drought. I am in a creative dry spell. I haven’t created anything significant in several weeks. There are parched areas with no new music, fiction or even ideas.
Yeah, the material’s been good so far, although I’m sure there’s got to be a drought coming someday. John Goodman
There are many reasons. It could be a sign from the heavens or lack of anything from the heavens. It might just be natural forces. Changes in the local weather pattern, soon to change again. Little is permanent. Little that is new.
The big fear is that it is something major. Is it down to a bigger ‘something’? Is the drought due to climate change, the warming of the earth and is this down to human (in)activity? If so it could, or more than likely have ongoing changes and effects. And to think we might have been able to do something about it, and/or perhaps still can.
Is my creative drought caused by similar wider reaching events; age, other people, natural changes, excessive creative pollution or by-products in the atmosphere and/or beyond?
Technology has allowed us to have more drought-resistant crops. The spotty nature of drought, the spotty nature of rains can sometimes result in better yields than anticipated. Tom Vilsack
What can I do? I can make changes. I can ride this through. I can make offerings. I can make invocations. I can wait. I can pick up the guitar. I can use new techniques or technology.
Like the weather, my creativity goes through seasons, and seasons change. There will be droughts. There will be floods. There will be times of sunshine and showers.
Like the climate, I hope my creativity is not going through a major change that I can do nothing about.
Like the weather forecast, the first step is to take a look, see what is happening and then write it down; as a script, as a weather report, or in this blog post.
Then plan and do.