Daniel H. Pink recently released a book called “When.”
I was listening to a podcast interview with him this morning describing his creative process when he said,
“Sometimes you have to start writing to figure out what you think. Writing isn’t something you do when you have your ideas ready. It’s something you do to figure out your ideas”
I can’t help but wonder if this is true for all creative endeavors.
Sometimes you need to start writing the song to figure out what what it was supposed to be about. (Side Note: Some writers like Rivers Cuomo sometimes even complete a song without fully realizing what it is about)
Sometimes you need to start painting to figure out what your picture is supposed to be.
Sometimes, while I’m a session, I personally need to shut my mouth and quit talking about what a song needs and pick up my bass and just start playing to figure it out.
Sometimes you need to focus on the next small Verb before trying to figure out the big Noun.