The comments that have been coming in around creativity show that many live their lives with stories, visions, and bursts of creativity. Artists see the world as a canvas – each scene a painting, each material a prop. There is always the thought fliting on the edge of consciousness – what can I make with that.
For the writer the story starts, or a few words flow. Looking at an old man our minds begin to envision descriptive words. Perhaps we “see” a past story or future premise.
The trick to living with creativity is not to limit it but to channel it. One way is to keep bringing ones self back to the work at hand. Catching the tangent and stopping it. I tell clients who tend toward negative thoughts a similar tactic. Just say stop, take a deep breath, release the thought and focus on where or what you need to.
It takes practice but it can keep one on task.
Another option is to create the idea folder or box. Sheri McConnell calls these flits of ideas and creativity Bright and Shiny Objects. My partner at Uy Creative – Maureen Uy shouts “Squirrel” when an idea pops suddenly into the conversation. Take the distraction and pop it into a folder or box. Putting it away saves it for the future dry spells or when you go I remember that idea what was it. It can also help you to refocus!
Always love when you share your thoughts! And don’t forget the challenge at #VFcheckin a chance to keep yourself on task for the 2012 goals!
Don’t be afraid to be creative!! Be wild, be joyous, let it out …. it is the best way to happiness!!
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
— Marsha Norman
Funny, many of my dreams are novels. I have characters, plot lines and conflict. Rarely am I in my dreams. Instead it is like reading a good book or watching a gripping television show. I am drawn into the scene as an observer.
Others tell me that this is unusual but it is the way it has always been. Perhaps that is why the quote caught my attention. I just came back from my meeting of the Milwaukee Writer’s Circle and am thinking about my fiction pieces. None of them came from my dreams but I am sure that I process the story lines as I sleep and awake with new ideas. New ways that my heroes and heroines want to be portrayed.
Share your muse, your way of creating. I’d love to learn about your creative process!
I had a discussion tonight about how difficult some people find it to get started. how difficult they find creating something from nothing. but for me it is so easy. Just give me a pen, paper or a computer and I fill the blank space with words.