The Secret to Wild Creativity
You know how sometimes the universe just seems to align to bring you one powerful message?
I’m the kind of person who can noodle an idea around for years before I finally do something about it, and most of the time the idea goes stale before I even make it real. I’ve been working on the same novel for 5 years. I have tons of unfinished work sitting around my studio and even more ideas for art, novels, stories, whatever closed up into notebooks and sketchbooks that litter my apartment.
All this buildup of ideas leads to creative constipation, which as you can imagine isn’t pleasant. The pressure of needing to create causes some serious mental stress when it’s not acted upon.
Maybe you have a million ideas that you haven’t gotten around to bringing into reality. Maybe you desperately want to create but don’t know how to start. Maybe you have writer’s block, artist’s block, creative block, whatever. Either way, the stars recently aligned as the universe gently bombarded me/reminded me of one simple answer:
Just make stuff.
That’s all. Not “just make good stuff” or “just make stuff when it’s perfectly clear in your mind” or “just make stuff when your skills are strong enough to make it perfect”. The secret is “just make stuff”.
Creativity isn’t something you can use up. It’s like love. We each have an unlimited supply and the more we use it, the more we have.
So make stuff. Anything. It doesn’t have to be perfect or even good, it doesn’t have to please anyone. It doesn’t have to be a bestseller or a Pulitzer Prize winner or something you’d find hanging in the Guggenheim. It doesn’t even have take a lot of time or resources.
A spontaneous little dance of joy when you hear wonderful music.
A doodle on the bus in the morning.
A two paragraph short story before you go to bed.
Just get started. Throw some watercolors as paper. Start writing a novel and make it up as you go along. Wear a colorful scrap of fabric as a bracelet.
I started writing a new novel with only the ghost of an idea. Last night I started writing a short story (emphasis on SHORT) that I thought of only moments before. Learn to act on your creative impulses and the muse will learn to trust you. Ideas will flow through you more easily and the best part is that the more you create, the more skilled you will become. The more stuff you make, the more you increase the likelihood that more of it will be really remarkable.
It’s a numbers game, and you can’t argue with numbers.
So just make stuff, and if you’re comfortable, share it with others!
I’ve been making all kinds of stuff in my studio lately. I haven’t been this prolific in years! Here’s a peek at some of the new spring offerings in my art shop:
Art magnets! I found these itty-bitty canvases when I was shopping for paint and this idea just fell into my brain from the creative gods on high. (Bonus Creativity Tip: Materials are mucho inspiring, so go look at art supplies or notebooks, craft materials, whatever! Let them inspire you!)
And lots of new blossomy mini paintings!
And this beauty. On my way to the grocery store I walked under a tree with the palest pink blossoms and this image popped into my head, and the next day I painted it.
And I don’t remember if I posted this one on the blog and I don’t feel like checking (I’m lazy like that) so here it is:
I’ve got a thing for purpley-blue lately and I luuuurve this painting! Both the 8×10 original and 8×10 prints are available in the shop.
All of these pieces are part of my new “Just make stuff!” kick, and I haven’t been this prolific in years!
What are you dying to create lately?