Ideas are easy to come by. Really they are. We are inspired by fellow artists every day. Design in nature sparks our imagination. The creative mind is always brimming with possibilities.
How many times have we said, “I want to do that thing!?”
Every evening I go to bed with ideas swirling around in my head…my next photo shoot, photo prompts, still life set ups, Instagram hashtags, blog posts, books to write, garden designs… oh my! There are only so many hours in the day!! It’s great to have an active imagination but how does one corral all the concepts into something of use? How can I possibly reign in that crazy, chaotic, creative mind?
Maybe I should just relax here in my comfy chair and enjoy the fruitage of someone else’s labor on my Instagram feed!
Well, of course we wouldn’t be satisfied with that. And neither am I. Creatives have to create, it’s in the blood. But ideas are only as good as our plan to execute them.
So I decided to come up with a plan on how to make a plan. I know! That’s very type A of me!! Isn’t it?
But it was absolutely necessary. Otherwise I would flit from one idea to the next and never accomplish anything.
So each night I corral my thoughts by reading a few lines of a calming book. Simple as it seems, the effect is amazing. It allows me to rest peacefully and gives my subconscious a chance to go to work. By morning my creative mind is organized enough to choose an idea from the idea cloud hovering over my head, pull it down and work on it.
But the idea needs structure. Without framework, it can easily fall prey to ‘deflated balloon syndrome.’ I’m sure you are familiar with that. The uneasy feeling that comes over you when you are afraid you haven’t what it takes to pull something off. This is where most ideas go pouf…and we go back to familiar activities that take less brain power and emotional strength.
So before I begin to execute an idea, I give it form. I construct the general shape of the project with the answers to a list of questions.
Why do I want to do this?
How will I begin?
What will I use?
Where will I show this?
Who will enjoy it?
Now you have something like the framing of house that is being constructed, the final outcome has not been realized but you can envision the general shape and size. By the time you get to this point, you are married to the project, there’s no turning back now. You are excited to begin, and you know where to begin. Gather up your materials and get started!
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. Go make that stuff!”