Idea Sex – Turn On Your Creative Process
Ideas, creative thinking, the creative process, creative inspiration, how to bundle all that up & make it happen? The key is to create the kind of space that will deliver your best work! In this podcast episode I explore creative triggers and the powerful role they play in your creative process.
Mentioned In This Podcast
– The Creative Process Interview With Neil Gaiman
– Creative Visionaries
– Unlocking New Ideas
– Leonardo Da Vinci
– Da Vinci & Creative Thinking
– Radical Art Podcast Episode
– Free Podcast Worksheet
Idea Sex – Turn On Your Creative Process (Summary Notes)
“Secure your own mask before helping others …
And I think of us, all the people, and the masks we wear, the masks we hide behind and the masks that reveal. I imagine people pretending to be what they truly are, and discovering other people are so much more and so much less than they had imagined to be or present themselves as.
And then, I think about the need to help others, and how we mask ourselves to do it, and how unmasking makes us vulnerable. We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting. These are stories about those masks, and the people we are underneath them.”
An excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s introduction to his book, “Trigger Warning” … which is a collection of his short stories.
On the one hand, we have the “go through the motions” announcement we all hear, every single time we travel by airplane.
But on the other hand we have a kind of creative foreplay, a creative trigger of sorts, that filtered through Mr. Gaiman’s creative process and became something more, something profound, something relatable and teachable, and true.
What Triggers Your Creative Process?
In his interview with the website Creative Process, which I linked in my above, Gaiman describes novels a “cultivated fields” wherein, and I quote, “comics felt like a jungle” and “comics seemed to be a place where people hadn’t been”.
As in, intrinsic to Neil Gaiman’s creative process are the places where “people hadn’t been”. I get that. While I’m a amateur against the light of Neil Gaiman, my creative process is almost entirely fueled by the same things.
In episode four, Radical Art, I talk about how artists and creatives “hear the voices that no one else hears”. That’s marble they seek to shape. And those voices become creative triggers that kick off their creative process.
Leonardo da Vinci commonly advised aspiring artists to look at the patterns found in clouds, or ashes in a fireplace, to see what those patterns might spark. Where might a random observation take you? Da Vinci was teaching how to trigger your creative process.
“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else” — Pablo Picasso
In today’s coaching session, we explore creative triggers and the powerful role they play in your creative process. There a lot here, this one may go a little over .. but trust me when I say, the extra time will be more than worth it.
Create The Muse That Will Amplify Your Creative Process
The key is to masterfully create space in a way that facilitates your best work. Creating space that creatively feeds you at the highest possible levels. And so your creative process not only triggers, but it triggers to deliver signature work.
How to do that?
Here is the formula for masterfully creating space to amplify your creative process.
Clearly identify your creative need. Do you need to trigger a creative process to compose a musical, or do you need trigger a creative process to outline an industrial design? Different needs require a different creatives spaces, that will then fire the right kind of creative process.
Clearly identify the creative tone that will trigger the right kind of creative process. Tone is huge! High level business strategy as a creative process, classical music and a high end hotel lobby– probably 2-6PM.
Working on a project Im directing as a creative process, home alone, some Cirque du Soleil music, wine– probably 11 PM-4AM.
Clearly identify the environmental triggers that will trigger the type of creative process you most need. My creative process is fed by such things as food, lighting, type of music, a harmonica, and other props. Clearly identify the experiential triggers that will amplify your creative process.
You are basically handcrafting the muse that will set your brain on fire in ways very specific to the creative process that will best serve your creative needs.
But What Crashes Your Creative Process?
It’s not enough to know what, specifically, will amplify your creative process. It’s also important to identify the factors that creatively shut you down. As in, identifying the things that shuts down your creative process.
It is massively important to identify what breaks your sense of creative space, thus crashing your creative process. That’s how you’ll know what to avoid and what to protect.
Creative constipation. What to do? It happens to all of us, no matter how strong your creative process is. The key is to develop a few highly effective Triage Rituals to break your creative process out of jail.
Remaining open and observant is key to any creative. But what how to avoid getting overwhelmed and/or overwhelmed? Your creative process, your creative receptors need boundaries to keep you in a good place.
But There Is A Price To Be Paid
You’ll have to pay close attention to what’s working & not working. Randomly wandering through these tips will backfire on you. Your creative process need polish to perfect.
You’ll have to become a disciplined creative. Again, randomly wandering the creative landscapes you love with result in hit and miss success. Your creative process needs professional discipline to get results.
And you’ll have be willing to get a little crazy. As in, I walk around in cold showers with Malbec when I’m creatively struck. Your creative process needs get out jail strategies that work.
Which leads us to the million dollar question. Are you willing to pay the price that unlocking your full creative potential demands? Are you willing to walk that path? (EXPAND)
Here’s Your Homework
Masterfully create your first space. Then walk in that space. Create in that space. Live in that space for a bit and see what happens … keep me posted.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time” — Thomas Merton