I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately. Now, that’s not the end of the world… unless you write a weekly message, a daily blog post, a host of articles and you’re trying to put together a book proposal. In that case, it’s kind of miserable.

But I’ve recently had a bit of a breakthrough of sorts. When in a creative slump I’ve often thought of it as a “block.”  If you camped outside of my office long enough you would probably hear me yell in desperation, “I’ve got writer’s block!!!”

But that’s not really true.

Anne Lamott said, “The word block suggests that you are constipated or stuck, when the truth is that you’re empty.”

“Stuck” suggests that you need to try harder.

“Empty” prompts you to fill up.

Understanding my creative slump as the result of being empty gives me the permission to engage in the activities that fill me up.

Watch a movie.

Take a walk.

Play with the kids.

Call a friend.

Pray.

Read.

Nap.

Laugh.

And this is working a lot better than “trying harder.”

What do you do when you hit a creative slump?

What fills you up?