Lisa A. Riley, MA, LMFT is a Creativity Coach and has spent more than nine years working with creative individuals such as artists, actors, designers, musicians, writers, and actors. She "helps to empower clients to take steps towards enhancing their creativity and move closer to becoming the artist they envisioned themselves to be." See her multiple 'Products for Your Creative Success' on her site The Art of Mind
So you’ve decided to get an early start and be productive. You grab a cup of coffee... sit down in front of the computer facing the stark emptiness of your blank screen.... Nothing comes to mind. Your eyes conveniently notices the flashing email icon in the corner of your screen, suddenly drawn like a magnet, you decided to check your email. Many of us have experienced this form of procrastination. Where we give into the rationalization that once these convenient distractions are completed and put to rest, we can create. When in reality, this is an indication of our own internal resistance to facing the act of producing something.
Artists have been notoriously criticized for their shifting bouts of creativity, often misinterpreted as erratic mood swings. Throughout history many artists, unable to manage the power of their own muse were sucked under by the undertow, hence why the words “madness” and “artist” went hand in hand.
Throughout my practice, I have encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses. This characteristic does not discriminate between painter, actor, or musician—they all appear to have one thing in common: they experience the world differently than the average individual. Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens.