The Critical 3: A Simplified Creative Process
Creativity isn’t driven by any one thing, but it is stalled by very specific things. Simplify your creative process so that you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.
1. Do Not Need
Every creator does need basic tools. The golfer needs a golf club. The painter needs a brush. What we often forget is that we don’t need the best of these things. Masters of their creative art run circles around those with the best golf clubs or best paint brushes because they understand true creativity rests in the basics, not the tools.
2. Build Slowly
Unless you’re a celebrity with a team of highly skilled workers at your beck and call, your creative projects will not begin fully realized. They will take time to build into something that others look to with respect. While you should have an end in mind, never let the overwhelming fear of starting stop you from ever doing anything. By doing, you learn, and by learning , you succeed.
3. Practice the Basics
Never underestimate the importance of practicing the basics of what makes up the area you are creating for and medium you are creating with. There is a story of Giotto, an artist of the thirteenth century. When asked to prove his mastery of art to the Pope, he drew a perfect circle using no tools but his hand and paintbrush. The Pope awarded him, over all other artists, with a commission.