Before I launch into a new phase of research into the creative process, I wanted to get clear about what I already know.
It occurred to me the other day that I have been a life-long student of the creative process without evening realising it. You know, it’s not like I have a Bachelor of Creativity, though I did take a university paper titled “Creative Processes” which was by far the most interesting and challenging experience of my studies!
But what I do have are years and years of creative engagement behind me: year after year of simply taking one creative action after the other. As a student, both at school and at university, I wrote countless essays and assignments with my own words from my own brain. As a teacher, I have created resource after resource, and planned lesson after lesson with the aim of making each one as fun and interesting and as engaging as possible. In my personal life, I have scrawled journal entry after journal entry and I have taken that to a new level in the last year or so with my adventures into the world of visual/art journaling. And then theres the blogging, and the creative writing, and more blogging, and the business planning and yet more blogging…oh and some dabbling in photography to boot.
It then occurred to me that surely I must know stuff about being creative. So I made a list…
What do I already know about the creative process?
(psst: this is pretty much how it came out of my brain #unedited)
- It often has a mind of its own.
- Setting intentions for what you want to create is essential.
- Understanding that what you want to create or what you imagine yourself creating will most definitely change throughout the process of creating it and what you end up with will undoubtedly be BETTER than you first imagined.
- The process will always guide you in the right direction – trusting in the process and your intuition will get you through blocks.
- Following the path of curiosity will feed creative your energy.
- Dream time is a MUST when nurturing your creative passions.
- Engaging in consistent creative activities/practices is the only way to develop and nurture your process.
- The creative process is just a series of creative actions – you must keep taking action after action.
- Engaging in a variety of creative activities/mediums will help your creativity to grow and one medium will inform the other – i.e: ideas in art journaling will inform ideas in my writing and vice versa.
- To be creatively productive requires letting go of preconceived beliefs, attitudes and judgements that we have learned from society – openness and flexibility are the keys to creative success.
- Writing stuff down in any form helps.
- Creativity works best when lived and breathed as a lifestyle.
- Taking breaks away from projects is not giving up, but rather part of the ‘composting’ process – it’s amazing what can happen when we take a couple of days away from a project we feel stuck on.
- Walking in nature is another essential for working through blocks.
- We must make creating a priority in our lives.
- You will never be completely satisfied with the end product!
- The outside world can provide us with a never-ending stream of creative inspiration in which we must engage in.
- Balancing the need to be alone to create and actively engaging in the outside world will always be a battle for the creative person.
- Think of yourself as a sponge.
- Comparison is the thief of joy AND creativity.
- If you can imagine it, you can create it – this is also completely true.
- Where there is joy there is creation.
- Once you plant the seed of your dream, it will surely grow.