“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one we have.”
~ Emile Auguste Chartier
Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this? You’re working away in your creative space, exploring new ideas and methods, when you suddenly find yourself in what you think is a flash of divine, creative inspiration. Eureka!
These ideas are the hardest ideas to let go of, but sometimes I’ve found it necessary so that I can develop beyond the gestation stage of the creativity process and develop a project fully.
James Webb Young wrote A Technique for Producing Ideas. It’s a 48 page book (tiny really, more like a manual) on the process of producing ideas.
He writes about the first three steps being the process of gathering material and of the mind exploring specific and general information. The fourth stage is the mental digestive process, which is the incubation stage. And the last stage of putting together all the pieces.
James Webb Young wrote about the exploration process. Twyla Tharp wrote an interesting perspective as well.
The famous choreographer Twyla Tharp wrote The Creative Habit, which explores ideas around creative habits and the process of discovery through ritual and consistent practice.
Sometimes, as artists we get stuck. It could be at any stage of discovery and exploration, such as the blank canvas or page, the idea that becomes precious, or the lack of habit and ritual around making time to create.
These are challenges that all professionals face, especially those that are solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, freelance professionals and artists.
What are your challenging moments?