I read a post on Momentum Gathering about the sort of Yoda wisdom of creativity: “Try not. Do, or do not…” It’s how the act of making something, doing something, writing something gets the wheels turning. And pushing yourself to create something — even if it’s horrible — is still creative; you can always fix it later.
This idea is one that I find resonates for me. I discover it over and over again — in various media. Do something. Consistently. Show up and work, and the sparks will start to fly, the creativity will come.
Musicians know this. Musicians practice scales and exercises to train the muscles to let the music flow through them. They warm up before expecting something brilliant. I don’t know why I continue to expect myself to be able to draw or write or paint without training my muscles and warming up.
And then where does creativity come from once you’re ready? This is a wonderful talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love on creativity and its sources. Enjoy!