Art,  Life,  Process,  Writing

Incubating: Creativity, Growing

Lately I’ve been immersed in things other than writing. Don’t get me wrong… the words are always there, but lately they’ve begun to write themselves in my head again, a whispered thought here and there…. I just haven’t been making time to sit down and type them out. After a few months of silence, the whispers are a good thing; like an old friend, welcomed and embraced. But while the voices took a break, I needed to refocus, find an outlet, let my muse meander, meditate …. whatever the heck she was doing!

In addition to tinkering with creative ways to share words, I filled some of the writing hours with reading about art and creativity….

Art Books


One of the things I read about artists and taking a break resonated with me as a writer. Melanie Rothschild, a successful, self-taught artist with a master’s degree in the Study of Creativity, writes, in The Art of Mistakes, about that downtime for artists when they feel they’ve run out of ideas. She says this period is known as ‘incubation’ in some creativity models –  “a seemingly dormant period, but one in which disparate ideas are ‘working behind the scenes’ to come together and form new ideas and solutions.”  Hmmm….. sound familiar? Writer’s block! But apparently… not really.

So as I embraced my ‘incubation’ period, I began to develop other parts of my creative side, putting together an art studio alongside my writing studio, spending many hours creating, dabbling, playing …… making connections between seemingly disparate ideas.

Art Studio-Work Table

All the while listening to the chatter in my head ~ mostly subdued these days, but impactful nonetheless …..

Finally, I decided to make things official and gave my work space a name:  RobinLK Studios.

Sign: RobinLK Studios


My muse found breathing space…. and so did I.

Creativity … growing.


  • Carrie Rubin

    I’ve been having a bit of an incubation period myself. I wanted to wait a few weeks before starting my second draft to let my manuscript ‘breathe.’ But now I’m ready to go again. But I haven’t named my work space yet. Maybe that’s next! 🙂

    • RobinLK

      Carrie, sounds like your incubation fueled you. I love that! Naming my workspace also meant becoming an official business entity, so I’m enjoying that aspect, too. I’ve begun putting my work on local shops, a goal I had been working toward for a while.

      You’ve already got the business, so yes, maybe a fun name for the space itself will be inspiring for you. ?

        • RobinLK

          Right back at ya’ … Get that second book moving! ? I’m committing to reading your book this summer….. though not a fiction reader, I DO love a good science-inspired story.

          • RobinLK

            I thought I remembered you said second one was done. Wow! Carrie, you continue to inspire me. I’ll be looking for both to read over upcoming months. Best wishes on your third!

          • Carrie Rubin

            You’re very kind, thank you. 🙂 Unfortunately, if I continue trying to seek traditional publishing, it will likely be years, not months. Sigh. But in the mean time, I’ll keep writing. 🙂

  • iggy23

    Wow that’s pretty interesting! It’s great that you found another way to channel your creativity – it shows that you’re not just bound by words. I think that I’ll be too lazy to do such a thing so I’ll pretty much just let the words bounce around until I decide to stop prcrastinating 🙂 But whatever works I guess! Good luck for your future after incubating 🙂

    • RobinLK

      Iggy, I’m finding one thing leads to another when you least expect it, so you might surprise yourself one of these days. ?

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