Writers and other artists are advised to “get out of their own way” to more freely express their inner experience.
It is also potentially a strategy for personal growth and a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy.
But what does it really mean: getting out of our own way?
Dennis Palumbo, a writer and therapist specializing in creative issues, addresses the question:
“If I, the writer, get out of my own way – that is, put my ‘stuff’ aside so I can write – what’s left to write about? My stuff is the raw material of my writing.
“In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and just say it: There is nothing but stuff. Which is great, because that means I’ll never run out of raw material. As long as I’m a human being, I have an inexhaustible supply.”
He goes on to note that this does not refute the idea that “the most important thing a writer has to do is get out of his or her own way.”
Continued in my Creative Mind post Our Stuff is the Raw Material.
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Photo: Maya Angelou – One of her quotes, about the kind of insecurity many artists experience:
“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’”
– From post: Gifted and Talented but Insecure.