I wonder if artists get the blues more often because everyone wants to feel their work is worthwhile, but the monetary value society assigns the arts is pretty inconsistent. Artists have to dig deeper than a steady paycheck for validation. That's hard work.
Here's Maisel's advice to a weaver who was prone to depression:
You haven't come to grips with what you intend your life to mean. Until you do, your depression can't lift. . . . You must stop everything and decide on the purpose of your life. Once you've articulated your personal creed, you put it into action. You force life to mean what you intend it to mean. Then, for example, when you find yourself hating your current weaving, you'll know how to say to yourself, "I'm having a meaning problem, not a weaving problem. Weaving is meaningful, and I won't change my mind about that just because I'm feeling frustrated."I took Maisel's advice and wrote a personal writing creed, which I'll share with you on Wednesday.
Until then, do you ever find yourself feeling blue about your creative work, even when everything else in life is going fine? What do you do to bounce back? I'm stealing this next question from author Nichole Giles, who's been talking about finding happiness lately on her blog. What's on your automatic-happy list when you need a pick-me-up? I think peanut-butter M&Ms might be on mine.