the creative process tagged posts

The Creative Process: gives meaning

February 7, 2014 Writing  No comments

 The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

The encounter of the artist with their inner world might be the core of the creative process. But why do we do it? What is the whole point of the confrontation, the struggle, the futility of realizing an abstract idea into a concrete form?

The point is simply that creating gives us meaning.

To give something meaning is to have significance or have a worthwhile, important quality.

Creating gives personal meaning and identity. It helps us as people understand our purpose and what we're here for. For artists, the actual act of creating is our purpose. We exist to live and to live is to create.

Everyday when I engage in writing, I have a purpose. If I do

Read More

The Creative Process: is encounter

January 31, 2014 Writing  No comments

 The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

To create is an act, a verb, if you will. It is not passive, but active and requires participation. Creativity is the process of "bringing something new into being," (The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People).

Creating is completely depleting and often you reach a point where you don't think you can continue for another second because what you see in your head is not translating through your words or art.  So, frustrated and weary, you go watch some Netflix or go to the bar to drown your sorrows with some alcohol, and then the next day you get back up and do it again.

Because you're compelled to - by the encounter.

The encounter is the

Read More

The Creative Process: takes time and flexibility

January 24, 2014 Writing  No comments

The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

Time can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the creative process, as least for me.

Creating takes time. It takes time to be inspired, to hone your craft, to produce, to rewrite, to see things clearly, to produce the best possible art you can create. And this is completely counter-intuitive to what American culture drills into our heads about producing more, faster, better.

Even in the writing business, it's all about producing more content and better content, at a faster pace. And while there are those writers out there that can write, produce, and publish two or three books a year, plus bonus material for their websites, plus have a day job, plus have a family - I am not

Read More

The Creative Process: requires courage

January 17, 2014 Writing  One comment

 The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

The creative process is the way in which an artist creates or brings something new into being. It’s the vision; the crafting of an idea; the act of sculpting, painting, molding, filming, acting, writing; it’s the drafting process; the editing process; the act of engaging oneself wholly; it’s taking what one see’s in their imagination and bringing it forth into the world.

In my last post, The Create Process: is confrontation, I talked about the idea that that artist is always in conflict with the world around them.

Confrontation takes courage. To engage takes courage. To create requires courage.

In The Courage to Create, Rollo May talks about moral courage

Read More

The Creative Process: is confrontation

January 10, 2014 Writing  3 comments

 The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

The creative process is the way in which an artist creates or brings something new into being. It's the vision; the crafting of an idea; the act of sculpting, painting, molding, filming, acting, writing; it's the drafting process; the editing process; the act of engaging oneself wholly; it's taking what one see's in their imagination and bringing it forth into the world.

But before creation can begin, a confrontation must take place.

Because, you see, artistic people of whatever medium (graphic design, film, music, painting, drawing, writing, acting, etc) are people who are highly sensitive to the world around them. They see and perceive the chaos, the beauty, the complexities,

Read More
1 2