The following is part of a new series called "The Dispatch" >> bi-weekly thoughts and observations on a life of intentional creativity. For past posts, click on "The Dispatch" (above)
For anyone this weekend finding themselves asking, “What’s my next move?” or feeling like their creative flow is in a stand still...
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.
I’d love to hear if this is something you’ve recognized or experienced in your creative journey. If you’re willing to share with all of us in the comments below, we’d love to hear!