…a great friend, Tom Rizzo, shares a Guest Blog today…the theme is creativity…LUV IT..#TBSU

…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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Connectivity to Tom :

Web:      http://tomrizzo.com/

Email:    Tom@TomRizzo.com

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12 responses to “…a great friend, Tom Rizzo, shares a Guest Blog today…the theme is creativity…LUV IT..#TBSU

  1. Pingback: Hey! My brother Seumas has as his guest today Mr. Tom Rizzo, who discusses the source of creativity…check it out! « Thomas Rydder

  2. Good stuff, Keith Richards reckons that all the songs are out there & he’s just an antenna.
    I do agree with the “Write drunk, edit sober” idea.


  3. Nice post Tom. I like the part about sitting at the computer and just typing – that always works for me. Seumas, thanks for sharing more blog scratchers – am enjoying all the new blogs and following them!


  4. Great post. Have to say that about 80% of what I actually write ends up falling victim to the delete button when I read it over and wonder what planet my brain was orbiting when I wrote it! The ideas are still filling the blank screens though, so I can’t really complain. 🙂


  5. LL-Sitting & typing does seem to work, most of the time.
    Ashley-As long as the ideas are filling the screen, you gotta be pleased.
    Andrew-Have a drink and keep editing.


  6. Creativity operating at its best in me is a rocking, teetering drunkenness. Sometimes … Other times creativity is agonizing for hours over the choice of a single word, wrenching it out the grasp of my stubborn censor, rejoicing exquisitely over the perfection of it. I can’t be convinced that one is superior to the other, nor that the second is more in the arena of editing. The story or poem would not progress out of that one word’s absence.


  7. Hmmmmm…..80% gets deleted? I would say about 2% of mine gets deleted……excluding typos….of course it could ALL be crap….


  8. kimcox37

    Hi Seumas, great post! Thanks for all the tweets this week and for the new blogs to follow. Appreciate it and you. Have a great weekend.


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