Thinking about doing things doesn’t get them done; it won’t make you happy, and by proxy, the people around you will be miserable too. In my (albeit limited 17-year-old) experience, procrastination is the worst block that a maker or creative person can have.
I’ve been listening to back episodes of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons (the podcast she created to market her book on creativity that I have yet to read, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear), and although some of the things she says are honestly a bit weird to me, what really resonates evokes a feeling like the sun coming out from behind the clouds to let you know it’s still there. Anything internally preventing you from doing or completing your creative work is a form of fear.
A form of fear I’m constantly struggling with is procrastination. I make time for the things that I hold in the highest regard — Do I not value my creativity enough? I think that’s the case for me. Not all people are able to live creative lives or are unable to fit creativity into their everyday. I am extremely lucky to be able to have both of those things, and yet I don’t think I appreciate that to the extent that I should.
I’m calling this post “The Search for Creativity” because that’s what we procrastinators should be doing. We should be trying to find our creativity. We look in all of the usual places — coffee-table books, Instagram, art. Sometimes it’s in those places, sometimes it isn’t. There are times when we’ve got to go completely out of anything we’ve experienced before to catch it again. Just that, in and of itself, is enough to make some of us give up altogether.
(As an aside, I was thinking of creativity as a fluffy little animal in a deep, dark, crocodile-infested jungle. Just sayin’.)
The way that I’ve found creativity successfully in a simple way is to be consistent (read: every single day around the same time) in sitting down and paying attention to what actually gets me inspired about knit design — which is what I do as a creative outlet — without giving room in my schedule to put it off. Right now, I’m inspired by minimalism and modern Scandinavian architecture. (If you’re into that too, I suggest you check out the book, Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hideouts. Very inspiring.) I have this moodboard that I’ve created for myself with images that fall under the said theme that I put in front of me whenever I sit down with the intent to brainstorm a new design. Usually (after I have been consistent in working on a schedule), an image speaks to me, and an idea — or three — makes itself clear right away.
For the remainder of April, I want to talk about creativity and inspiration, and ways that we can search and find those critical players that we need as makers. And, listen: I need it as much as the next person, so please don’t think that I’m some amazing kid who has boundless stores of inspiration. Also, this is just how I do it. If you have a way to stave off procrastination and find creativity, I want to hear it! Please leave me a comment.
So, to review (because you need review in short blog posts), the point that I’m attempting to make clear is:
Be Consistent In Your Work and Pay Attention To What Inspires You.
The next post is based off of a really interesting conversation that I had with an incredibly talented artist last week, and it should be out … soon, whenever that is.
Until then, I wish you well. 🙂