An Education in Creativity

I’ve always had a hard time being creative on a scheduled basis. It’s tough to focus my full energy into something considered an art form when I feel like I have to. I suppose, if it is imposed upon me, I’ll meet the deadline. But I’m not about to sit here and tell you I enjoyed it. I figure that’s why a lot of musicians eventually have at least one rotten album. Also the reason for one hit wonders.

Creativity can be forced, but it leaves the artist grumpy and full of nervous energy. When the project is finished, It’s not what they wanted. The project was rushed and forced. Creative people can’t just turn their artful powers on and off like a switch. You can’t just jump straight from the hot tub into a swimming pool. I mean, you  can, but it’s more comfortable and more enjoyable to ease in slowly with a Bloody Mary in between.

Being out of the education system has been incredibly liberating. I have a lot more range to try out what I want, when I want without any serious consequence for switching my focus. I can make miniature gardening or paper mache a focus for a while and then I can toss it to the back burner when a sewing project comes along. I haven’t yet had to stop working on something that made me excited to finish something else that needed to be done sooner. My deadlines just have no need to be so tight anymore.

Since I graduated I have found myself writing more, reading more, and enjoying both a lot more. Maybe that’s a problem with the education system (probably that’s a post for another day), but it’s also a mental block from me.Bug.2

Starting this blog has made me realize that scheduling the creative process and worrying about said schedule sort of crushes the process itself. It makes it rough for those of you who like the art to show up on time. It made it suck to meet deadlines in school and, near the end of my student career, it taught me to sign my name on work that I wasn’t happy with.

The mental block comes in when I have too little excitement for something I need to do, or too specific of a project, even one I thought of myself. School taught me to break my projects into a needed number of days and hours. School taught me about deadlines and how to “waste” most of my time then rush to finish the stuff I had to do so I could get back to “wasting” my time again. That mentality just simply does not compel students to use the creative process.

A creative process requires plenty of thinking time, and processing time and a whole lot enjoyment and appreciation for the project at hand. The creative process is the time where you’re not actually creating, but thinking about how to, just because you want the creation to be awesome. Problems between teachers and students or artists and their managers happen when the creative process is rushed. When you try to think and create in one vicious furry. When you don’t have time for changing the words on the last edit.

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