“I’m not creative.”
“I wish I could be more creative, but I don’t have it in me.”
“Why are some people creative and others aren’t?”
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this, I’d be rich!
The truth is, most everyone has creative potential. What separates good creatives (or dormant creatives who get lucky) is that they’ve learned how to walk through the creative process.
When you’re just starting out, it can be hard to know where to begin with a creative undertaking, how to sustain it over time, and how to develop it into something you’re proud of. But as you learn the ropes and become more comfortable with your voice, tools, time, and vision, a creative process may emerge that makes it easier to start, sustain, and finish things.
The creative process is not just iterative; it’s also recursive. It plays out “in the large” and “in the small”—in defining the broadest goals and concepts and refining the smallest details. It branches like a tree, and each choice has ramifications, which may not be known in advance.
My advice is to take your time, think it through and don’t rush the process.
The old saying, “Great things happen to those who wait.” Is a true statement, in my opinion. Rushing will only cause delay.
Plan, plan and plan some more! Only then you will see the results you are hoping to find.