How temporarily giving up on something can help you find your muse for it later on
While persistence can pay off, so can knowing when to quit. Some creative problems will stand up to dogged persistence but will vanish when you turn your back to them and tackle something else. If you find yourself to the point of hair pulling frustration, it might be time to walk away for a while.
Sometimes it is okay to let go
Sometimes no matter how hard you pursue an idea, you just cannot seem to wrap your head around the subject matter. No matter how doggedly persistent you are at trying to catch your muse, it eludes you like the red dot from a laser pointer avoids capture from your obsessed pet. While persistence can pay off, sometimes giving up on something and tackling another subject manner for while can be a good way to help you find your muse later on.
Ever have one of those tip of the tongue moments? Perhaps you are trying to recall a particular actor’s name, and just cannot get it out. It is in there, on the tip of the tongue, but the name will just not reveal itself no matter how hard you concentrate. Then you give up on the matter and focus your attention on something else like the dirty dishes, allowing your steaming pile for a mind to cool off. Suddenly, it comes to you and you shout out “Marlon Brando!” with a sense your triumph over the mental block that was placed in your way keeping you from recalling the name of the guy in Apocalypse Now.
Know when to hold em, know when to fold em
Just like doing the dishes can help you pull up a name, moving on to something else for a while can give you a different perspective on your previous problem and help you find a different way to solve it. The trick is know when to give up and walk away. Some problems can be chipped away by the steady blows of your mental hammer while others cannot. Knowing the difference between the two is the key to knowing when to leave an idea behind. Frustration level can be a good indication of this. If you are getting set to ram your head against the wall, then it is time to give up for a while.