However, when those feelings of knowing tell you that you’re getting closer—when you feel the poetic meter slowly improve, or sense that the graphic design is being unconcealed—then you need to keep on struggling. Continue to pay attention until it hurts; fill your working memory with problems. Before long, that feeling of knowing will become actual knowledge.
— Jonah Lehrer / Imagine: How Creativity Works
Do you get it? Here’s another way to look at it:
Pay attention to the whispers of your soul. Trust them as you would a map, because that’s what they are.
— Andrew Heller
I’ll be sharing a tale of discovery in class today. Before getting to work, please re-read those two quotes at least one more time and think about what those words might mean in your own life.
And just in case you think these ideas just come from books I’ve read, here’s something from my own journey:
There’s no such thing as a creative type. As if creative people can just show up and make stuff up. As if it were that easy. I think people need to be reminded that creativity is a verb, a very time-consuming verb. It’s about taking an idea in your head and transforming that idea into something real. And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process. If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.
— Milton Glaser
Then maybe I did it wrong.
I agree with everything in that Glaser quote except that last sentence. Sure, searching for fresh ideas then bringing them to life can be a long and difficult process but I always thought it was fun. As a kid, I picked fruit and vegetables during the summer months. That was work. The two summers after high school, I was a laborer for a construction company. That was work. I started my first business—Back Room Graphics—during my second year at college. That was fun!
So, are creative efforts fun or work? Like everything else, that depends on your personal perspective.
In all cases of perception, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, the meaning of the experience is recognized by the observer according to a horizon of expectation within which the experience will be expected to fall.
— James Burke / The Day the Universe Changed
At some stage in the process of creation, the creative product—whether painting, poem, or scientific theory—takes on a life of its own and transmits its own needs to its creator. It stands apart from him and summons material from his subconscious. The creator, then, must know when to cease directing his work and when to allow it to direct him. He must know, in short, when his work is likely to be wiser than he.
— George Kneller / The Art and Science of Creativity
To tap into your creative self, it’s critical that you understand and embrace The 5 Stages of the Creative Process. Please take a few minutes to read that page. Yes, I realize that some of you have already read it. Remember: Saturation is the 2nd stage of the creative process and repetition is a key component of saturation. Please read that page.
Warning: If you don’t do this today, you’ll lose 100 XP, 20 Silver, and still have to do it tomorrow. Resistance is futile (and foolish).
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Creativity is very much like literacy. We take it for granted that nearly everybody can learn to read and write. If a person can’t read or write, you don’t assume this person is incapable of it, just that he or she hasn’t learned how to do it. The same is true of creativity. When people say they’re not creative, it’s often because they don’t know what’s involved or how creativity works in practice.
— Sir Ken Robinson / The Element
If you reflexively disagree with Sir Ken, think about my juggling demo. Just as every one of you could learn to juggle if you tried, you’ll all have the opportunity to learn how to tap into your own innate creativity. I’ll help you learn but you’ll have to do your part as well. We’ll get to the introductory lesson by the end of today’s post.
TAG Blog: I’ll be setting up your blogs today but you have to take the first step. Don’t just sit there waiting for me to activate your blog. Continue reading and I’ll eventually call out your name as I work through the 40 or so emails I’ll be receiving each period. Watch these videos: Why and How. If you couldn’t see it in the video, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Google Doc Scoresheet: Good news and a valuable tip. Watch this video.