Whether you are inventing a piece of art, writing a story or creating music most folks agree there is a creative process that one goes through. Although the details of the process may look different for each person, the outline remains the same and goes something like this:
Step 1: Plan and Practice Step 2: Begin to Create Step 3: Revise Step 4: Add Finishing Touches Step 5: Share and Reflect
I would like to add a Step 6: The Sugar Crash
You may be experiencing The Sugar Crash right now. Halloween is over. The decorations can come down and the costumes put away. For many of us, after we create something, even if it is a wonderful Halloween evening, we experience a lull once it’s over. A low point, respite, silence, a calmness. For some of us it is a feeling of satisfaction. Feeling proud of what we accomplished and ready for the next challenge. For others, it is a time of grief. It is not easily identified as grief, but with every creation comes an end to that creation, and with that a period of grief.
Your creation is a reflection or extension of you. Creating something is putting yourself out there to be judged and, depending on where you fall on the shyness scale, being judged could be a sensitive time for you. On one side, an extrovert tends to thrive on action, feedback and collaboration. Creating and figuratively exposing ones self brings them energy and makes them feel alive.
On the other side, an introvert prefers to work more alone than in groups, can be hesitant or sensitive to feedback and usually requires a period of rest after creating.
There is not a correct answer to this–it has to do with temperament. Figuring out where you fall on the spectrum can be very helpful in identifying patterns that exist for you. The sugar crash does not have to be a negative thing if you can learn how to incorporate it into your creative process.
Janel Perez, M.S., L.P.C.