Practicing to Be Creative
Walking into an empty and barren room is analogous to what we all feel at some points during a project. Worse than a dark expanse that holds a mystery, a brightly lit and uncomplicated room is a point of exposure for us.
This is what it feels like as we try to approach new and unforeseen problems—vulnerable and looking around in the hope that maybe something is hidden in the blinding and blank canvas that will inspire us to action and direction. It can be mysterious and terrifying, just as it must feel if you were a sculptor moving toward a block of stone with chisel in hand.
This is how Twyla Tharp, renowned choreographer and author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, describes how beginning an endeavor and solving problems can be an experience that is humbling—and many seek to avoid. Creative professionals such as product developers and designers have to face these issues regularly as part of their job.
Being a creative solution maker, however, is not just the lightning bolt of inspiration though—lightning bolts are sporadic and unpredictable. To be creative in the workplace (and as needed) requires the development of a discipline or “habit,” as Tharp would have us believe. Having the spark when it is required means knowing how to build your internal processes in order to be creative.
Prepping your muse (without
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