“If you know exactly what you are going to do,
then what is the point in doing it?”
I am sure that most of us have had a day when we have stared at the laptop, the new canvas, the piece of wood, the piano keyboard, the bolt of fabric, etc, and hit a creative block because we have not known what the finished article will look like. This in part explains why my goal of a weekly blog has fallen at the first fence and here we are 14 days later.
Then I found the above quote by the great Picasso and it struck a very loud chord. Yes, sometimes you do need to know exactly what you are going to do; please never, ever fly a Boeing 747 without having a very clear idea of how and where to. However, when being creative in any way, shape or form, sometimes you just have to start and see where it goes.
It can be so empowering to embrace the freedom of the literal or metaphorical clean page if you give yourself the permission to believe that anything is possible and nothing is “wrong”. That brush stroke which initially seems a little heavy can suddenly add a whole new element you haven’t seen before. The phrase which is a bit clunky can, during the process of honing, open up a whole other strand of ideas.
And all those ideas which you perceive as not working? To quote another genius, Thomas Edison, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” Keep them to one side because it might not be that they don’t work, just that it is not the right time or set of circumstances. After all, it took 12 years for a low tack adhesive to turn into the iconic Post-It notes.
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