One of the enduring ideas about developing creativity is to that creative people such as writers need to “get out of their own way” so they can more freely express their inner experience.
It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does that really mean: getting out of our own way?
Dennis Palumbo, a writer and a 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.”
Continued in The Creative Mind post Our Stuff is the Raw Material.