This month I’ve been reading about the process of creation in a marvelous book entitled “How to Fly a Horse: the Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery” by Kevin Ashton.
The news from this author is not horribly shocking.
Basically, creation is work – not magic, as some would tell you. Start creating and keep at it. Creating is a process.
What was news to me, and a relief to discover is that the emotional process of creator’s is predictable and normal.
I am not alone or defective. This is part of the process.
It’s natural to want to find solutions quickly and easily and we all wrestle with pride and shame and fear as we face our imperfect early drafts and inevitable rejection. After all not everyone will love us or our creative children.
It’s natural to embrace denial and long for certainty but neither of those things will make our creations better. They are both, in fact, death knells for creativity.
Here is a quote:
“What determines whether we will succeed as creators is not how intelligent we are, how talented we are, or how hard we work, but how we respond to the adversity of creation.”