Folder's block

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Folder's block

Postby NeverCeaseToCrease » May 10th, 2018, 12:15 am

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I don't know about you all, but does anybody else ever feel what I guess is like writer's block but for origami? You know, like that feeling that you want to fold or design something but you're not really getting anything done, or that the things you design don't really work that well and you keep giving up, or maybe that you don't have any ideas at all?

I'm sure I'm not the only folder out there who stops folding things for long periods of time. What kind of solutions does anybody know to motivate themselves? Especially for designing things.

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Re: Folder's block

Postby Baltorigamist » May 10th, 2018, 5:07 pm

I have that all the time, actually--but it's mostly due to a lack of ideas or time. I have plenty of designs that are likely to work out wonderfully (and plenty more that I'm stuck on), but I've been too busy with college and work to get much of anything done.
As far as a solution, I think it's best to simply set aside a few hours for folding alone and just force yourself to fold for those few hours. It helps to listen to music as well, at least for me.
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Re: Folder's block

Postby Gerardo » May 22nd, 2018, 11:00 pm

Probably others can contribute a lot more than me to your discussion NeverCeaseToCrease; I hope they will. Still, I can say this: I fold and create very little. I've only created one model this year and I only created four in 2017, during the whole year. That's why I only have a little over seventy original models in total. It's important for me to only create when I feel driven to do so. Most of the time, I see folding in a similar way. I don't usually fold just because. I'll make a fold if I intend to give it to someone for example, if someone is teaching me how to fold a model, if I need the fold for something, like in the case of practical models, if I need to test a new folding material, etc. People could consider this folder's block, but since I'm currently used to fold and create so little, I don't even notice it. Know what I mean?

I can suggest the following in relation to creating: think of a challenge that lights up your interest. The mechanical origami theme of the August 2016 monthly design challenge did it for me. I felt very compelled by the theme that I couldn't help creating something. At first I thought I wouldn't accomplish anything, a lot of failed attempts, but eventually the lightbulb lit, and two models came out of it all :).
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