Creativity is a vital aspect of human life. It is or should be as normal to us as breathing and eating. Here are seven steps that will help creatives along on the path to increased skill development and productivity.
You, like every other human being, were born to create. You can choose what you want to create, directing your focus and energy, but the power to create is an inborn human gift.
You’re like a ship on the sea. The wind carries you along, but you can turn the rudder, deciding which way to go with the energy you’ve been given.
Do not doubt your ability to successfully be creative.
Here’s a book for creatives who need help with step 1
A talented person is usually a person who believed in his ability enough to practice it a lot. With practice comes improvement in skills. If you want to be creative you must practice being creative. By building skills with lots of practice you too can progress from being an amateur to being a talented, skilled artist.
At first your attempts may seem stilted and rough, but the more you practice, the better you’ll become at doing whatever it is you want to do.
Seriously, how many musicians knew instinctively how to play an instrument in early childhood? Probably – none. They all started somewhere, learning one note at a time, gradually gaining mastery and skill. That’s what you need to do if you’re going to be creative.
If you want to draw or paint – keep a sketchbook and add to it as frequently as possible, hopefully at least once a day. Don’t be afraid to share the results. The goal is productivity and practice, not immediate perfection. Your efforts are worthwhile, and you’ll enjoy trying to exceed yourself in doing better all the time. That’s the goal – compete against yourself, not against others.
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This step is also called ‘brainstorming’. You’ll need to grab your writer’s notebook or artist’s sketchbook and collect your ideas, put them together, pull them apart, and let them percolate.
Ideas are fleeting – do not trust them to memory!
Make a huge collection of ideas. You won’t want to limit yourself to only a few. Have fun with idea generation.
The more ideas you come up with, the easier it will get. Your first ideas may seem unworkable, but the more you brainstorm, the better you get at it. Eventually, one of them will reach out and grab your heart.
Pre-planning is everything!
You need a map to know where you want to go.
You need a goal to know what you’re aiming for.
Before you start your masterpiece, know exactly what you expect it to become, so you can nurture it into the work of art you’ve chosen to create. If you don’t get too impatient to dive right in, you may find that planning is one of the most stimulating and enjoyable parts of creative expression.
I find it very helpful to create a collection of sketchbook drawings for any major idea I want to work on. By repeating my efforts to design the right composition to express the project, I eventually create something that’s perfect for what I’m trying to do.
How to Plan Your Artwork – this talented comic artist has a lot to say about pre-planning
Eventually idea generation and design have to take a backseat to the actual creation process you’ll go through to bring your idea to fruition. You will settle into a routine of doing whatever needs to be done to make it happen.
To get through the implementation of your design you’ll need to focus your determination and motivation, organize your time, your thoughts, your materials and your equipment. Through determined self-effort you become the dynamic impetus that brings a dream into reality.
Rather than setting a schedule, consider creating a habit. For example, you could make a habit of going into your work studio space right after breakfast every morning. This is how you bring forth your creative masterpiece as only you can.
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For most of us, perfection doesn’t come instantaneously. Many disciplines require revision. Writers are familiar with repeated edits, and artists should be too. Artists need to carefully place their finishing touches and might even need to start over again from the beginning.
If something doesn’t work perfectly, re-vision it and keep trying. You may not reach perfection but you can make your masterpiece become exactly what it was meant to be. Stand back, re-focus, re-think, and set out again with fresh perspective and renewed purpose.
When you’re done – you’ll know it. The time has come to send your baby out into the world. Toast it, have a party, and move on. You’ve completed the creative cycle giving full recognition to the creative spirit within you.
What better way is there to celebrate the coming-of-age of your idea than to start over again at the beginning?
Thanks for joining me on this art-thought journey into finding a workable way to organize and make sense of creative life.