Breaking the Barriers of Creativity

For any creative, or non-creative forced to be creative, barriers are essential. Essential in two ways - one in that they WILL happen, and two in that they are necessary. There are countless resources out there explaining how to break and overcome these barriers. But wait. Let's enjoy the process. It's only going to make you a stronger creative in the future. 

My Process

I've always sort of scoffed at the idea of a creative process. I've always just done things. If there is something I'm interested in, I try it. If I'm not interested in it, screw it - I won't waste my time. My creative process is something that is difficult to put into words. This blog is a perfect example of my creative process. Throwing things at a wall, fleshing them out, and moving forward with what works. 

This blog and I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship. I'll get motivated, throw in sometimes five topics I'd like to write about, and begin molding each. I'll step away soon after the coffee begins to wear off, and I let those ideas marinate. Throughout the week, I'll subconsciously be working on each post. Then I'll jump back in and work through each. If none of them work - leave them as a draft and come back after I've had more time to let the idea marinate.

The biggest part of the process is recognizing how you thrive. Recognize how best you work, embrace that approach, and fucking crush it. 

Marinating

I used to argue with a former co-worker about the power of stepping away from a project. "Sit down and finish your work" is so engrained in our brains. Some may not realize the power in stepping away from a project and the positive impact it has. The idea is to let that project work its way through our subconscious. By the time we come back to the project, we have developed a better approach to our problem. For me, this process works like a charm. Rarely have I cranked out a blog post and scheduled it in one sitting.

I swear by the "come back to it" method. It has worked so well for me in the past that I don't feel like there is a better approach. My writing gets better, my thought process is more fluid, and it's like having a new set of eyes review something.

The Result

As I've stated, the results for me have been night and day. I more-or-less thought vomit onto the canvas, poke around at some stuff, and come back to it in a few hours. After the mumbo jumbo has settled, I start to shape the skeleton. From there I flesh out the project by stepping and reshaping as I see fit. 

I'm then left with a project I'm satisfied with.

The creative process doesn't need to be on a pedestal. It's something that we should meet head on, with a sense of fear and a sense of excitement. Be fearful of the success, or lack there of, of your creation. Exciting in that you're unsure your creations success, but also that you're creating something.

Just keep doing. Just keep creating.