You know I love that glitter. I also love people being creative everyday. See how I put those together?
I had the chance to talk about the creative process with my friend and colleague Nicole Fende on her podcast – The Sci-Fi Biz Show – All the Boring Bits Made Better.
First, a little about her show. It really is Sci-Fi for small business and she’s done it brilliantly. Nicole is a numbers person with a profit-making mindset – and she’s immensely creative with a flair for fun. We’ve collaborated for years on various projects and I’m honored to be a guest on her podcast.
We talked about the Creative Process, how it works, and how it underlies every creative act – even the everyday creativity that we may not notice anymore. In listening to the episode I was struck with how much fun we’re having.
Our talk ranged over creative laziness in popular offerings, the brain on creativity, the importance of curiosity, tips to be more creative, the creative process steps and slime. It’s a very digestible 36 minutes long.
BONUS FUN THING
Every episode starts with a short discussion of a Sci-Fi/fantasy/horror work of the guest’s choice. I chose “The Princess Bride” because it’s fun, positive and THE QUOTES!
You can catch the show on iTunes, your favorite podcast source (I use Stitcher) or download it here.
- The creative process is one of the most misunderstood, overlooked, and underappreciated processes on the planet. Monette Satterfield joins us to discuss this deceptively simple approach. She shares insights on overcoming potential roadblocks, puts the time frame in perspective, and demonstrates how we can use it in business to grow our profit. All with references to the Most Quotable Movie.
A process for creativity – smart or sacrilege? Listen in and decide for yourself.
Find it online:
Check it out and let me know what you think in a comment or a note – I’d love to hear from you!
The good news – creativity can be developed.
The bad news – it takes work.
To create is to work. That’s why art and other creative output is referred to as “artwork” and a “body of work.”
That doesn’t mean the work is drudgery; it can be joyous. But, the nature of creative exploration has to encompass trials, missteps and outright failures or it won’t lead anywhere worth going.
As you expand your creative practice and output, you learn about your chosen craft and how to work within its constraints while bending them to your own vision. This intersection of practical knowledge and experience is where inspiration lives.
The difficulty is persevering on the path to get to that intersection because you don’t get there overnight. It takes time – maybe a few days or a few years, depending on complexity – and the road on the way is sometimes frustrating.
Learning to find reward in the creative process itself is how to remake the work of creating into joy.
How do you find joy in creating even when it doesn’t go as well as you’d like?
From the Studio:
Creativity is a skill – Practice, and You’ll Get Better
I think the idea of having a creative practice and moving forward in small consistent ways is overlooked today. We’re inundated with images, stories and achievements of other creatives that make it seem that these things just spring into being in one dramatic creative act. We see and hear without context so the creative work that went into something is submerged beneath a glossy presentation. It happens so often in our daily lives, in the stores and online that we lose sight of the reality that to create is to work.
But, it’s not drudgery! Creative work is joyful work – it’s being engaged and alive and present with yourself – your best self. Sure, sometimes you’ll swear and walk away in disgust, but occasionally time itself will stand still and you’ll look at what you’ve made with wonder at how it came to be.
That beauty is the fruit of your creative practice.
So, how do you practice creativity? Like most things that you think of practicing – piano, yoga, soccer – creative practice is performed frequently, with intention and with high standards regarding the results. Creative practice can be the smallest action to the largest: from carefully preparing a gorgeous Bento box lunch to designing a large showy perennial flower garden.
The key is that the small creative acts support the large ones. Making that pretty lunch reinforces the skills necessary to tackle the much larger project of a garden. The elements of planning, material selection, color and texture considerations, composition and presentation are common across many creative projects.
Everyday creativity adds up to a creative life.
What large and small ways do you practice your creativity and how could that be better? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!
I’ve been thinking about you lately – I’m starting to wonder when you get to do something just for you. Yes, you. I know you’re busy, oh so busy, doing all the things for everyone else but we both know that’s not cutting it anymore.
What About Me?
We talked about creativity being something you practice everyday but when you’re sunk under the weight of everyone’s cares, it can be hard to even see the slender thread of your creative spirit running through your life.
But, creativity is expressed a thousand ways – both small and large – throughout a day and a life. Look for the small, yet so meaningful, ways to express your creative spirit in your day.
Take a minute, an hour, a day and make something – anything you like – just to make yourself smile. It’s a small but meaningful start.
Creating = Joy! It really is that simple.
What have you done for yourself lately? I’d love to know!
Shine Your Light!
PS The Pop Up Project creative party is a fun (and free) way to get started making something. Check it out!
Are you creating? Everyday?
Whoa! Everyday – are you insane? Who has the time?
Yeah, I know – that was a trick question – it should really be “Are you practicing creativity everyday?” The answer is – “It’s complicated.”
That’s because being creative isn’t the same as being artistic nor is it directly related to any particular specific act of creativity. Practicing creativity is exercising the part of your spirit that imagines more than is present. That happens when you imagine and ask “What if?”
Creative practice also happens when you take tools in hand and actually begin to make the imagined things: paintings, floral arrangements, delicious meals, short stories and poems. That practice includes the hard work of shaping the first passes and rough drafts to meet your standards for finished work.
Creative practice is also all the small creative acts throughout the day: little doodles on lunchbox notes, carefully arranging a pile of pebbles that makes you smile, choosing coordinated office supplies because they make your heart and eyes happy…and a thousand more small acts of creativity.
Now, are you creative everyday? I’ll bet the answer is a resounding YES!