People think the creative process is a linear one. You get asked to do something, create something, come up with the idea or perhaps you’re building or creating something for yourself… so you start with the idea and then look at your notebook or sketchpad or blank domain name and think, “OKAY… GO!”
But, it never happens that way.
I sit on creative projects for days… weeks sometimes. And there are times when the download of creativity just happens. That spark of inspiration falls from the sky and lands on my head like an electrified hat. It perks my brain up and nothing can get in my way of creating that “thing.”
Other times, I struggle. I struggle with the idea, the concept, the execution. Everything feels like a big ol’ plate of spaghetti noodles in my brain and I don’t know where to begin. On these days and in these projects, I feel like I want to scream. I get frustrated, I want to give up and I feel like a failure.
Until I remember that the creative process isn’t linear.
The creative process is a jumble of directions and decisions and trying things on and taking things off and succeeding and failing and falling until finally, it all clicks and it makes sense.
Creativity is a process. Once you understand that and embrace it, the ability to create (even when it’s not perfect) becomes much, much easier.
(Inspired by watching my daughter create art yesterday. Here’s one of her creations – she turned the entire canvas into a Dalmatian puppy and signed her name because, “All artists sign their names on their work, Mommy.”)
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