What to do when you get createstipated

Sometimes I get really fueled up to create something, but don’t know what to make.

Usually it’s after I see something else that leaves me inspired. Like an episode of A Show by Ze Frank or something from a post by Tina Roth Eisenberg.

But I won’t know what to make yet. It feels like I’ve got so much fuel to burn but no engine to put it in.

Or, better yet, it feels like I’ve got an itch on the one part of my back I can’t reach on my own, and it’s driving me crazy. What do we even call this feeling? Anticipation or anxiety? A blend of the two?

James Gunter suggested on Twitter that we call it “createstipation” because it’s the feeling you get when you’re creatively constipated.

Whenever I get this feeling, I have to remind myself that the best way to get the ideas out is to just do something. Anything, really.

Just like when you get an itch you can’t reach, finding a tool to help get the itch can be all you need. Or if the itch is really bad you can ask someone to help you get it, they might have an idea that’s ready to go and just needs your energy.

Whatever you do, don’t just sit on the itch. If your creativity gets stuck for too long it could be bad for your health.