…of all the elements of writing , or any of the arts, Tom Rizzo’s subject matter in this post is perhaps the most elusive…’Creativity’…please enjoy:
The Blank Start of Creativity
By Tom Rizzo
Ask any artist—whether a painter, writer or musician—where they get their ideas, you’re likely to get a blank stare. Although, from personal experience, that seems to be a good starting point for the process: a blank stare.
Once, I asked a friend of mine, an art director for a large advertising agency, how he got his ideas. He laughed. “Hell, I don’t know. Ideas just come to me. I really don’t have to do a lot of thinking about them. It’s just kind of automatic. That’s my job.”
The idea of not thinking—or not dwelling—about ideas seems have merit.
- Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury said, “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
- American writer Rita Mae Brown wrote, “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.”
- Painter Vincent van Goghadvised, “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Is the process really that simple? Maybe so. I do envy those who can deliver creativity at the snap of a finger.
There are time when I tend to seal myself away alone and dwell on ideas for a while, allowing them to simmer in my unconscious, and bubble to the surface, as I work through the creative process.
Sometimes, however, that bubbling thing doesn’t work. You might say there is no bubbling over of ideas. I find that rather than use the blank-stare-strategy, I actually have to do something physical to unleash creativity
The solution, at least for me, is to lower my backside into the chair, click open a blank document, and start typing. Sooner or later, something good happens.
One the other hand, a friend of mine believes creativity is about being open and sharing ideas. Someone else I talked with describes creativity as the borrowing of ideas that you adapt as your own.
Trying to pin someone down on the specifics of how to be creative is tricky. The concept is nebulous, almost spiritual at times. They’re unable to articulate the creative process.
Producing a hard-and-fast list of bullet points of how to go about being creative is next to impossible. The creative process doesn’t lend itself to this kind of structure.
My friend, the art director, told me he thought Ernest Hemingway had the best approach to the creative process: “Write drunk; edit sober.”
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