It's a standing joke : we talk to ourselves because it's the only way we get sensible answers! I'm a great fan of talking to myself, it's a great way of developing work. I ask myself lots of questions, when I'm working, and answer them while doing the work. Sometimes, it's a conscious answer, sometimes, unconscious, it just appears when I'm working, and I'm not sure where it came from, that particular brush stroke that made all the difference, for example.
But we also talk to ourselves to justify not working creatively. And we then tell others why it is we 'can't' do whatever it is we're telling them we'd 'love' to have time to do. I've got a list of the most common of those;
- I don't have any/enough ideas
- I have too many ideas
- I don't have any/enough materials
- I have too much in the way of materials
- I don't know how to make it look right; I don't have enough technique or skill
- I've got lots of skill, but no ideas.
- I don't have enough space/any space/the 'right' space
- I don't have enough time/any time/ the right amount of time
- I don't have any support.
If you have some additions to the list, please do leave us a note, here, so we can add it to our thought process. Diagnosing the problem is important, and we need all the help we can get!