When You Have A Burst Of Creativity, Go With The Flow

by Randy Murray on July 9, 2010

I’ve said before that I typically write the posts for this blog a week in advance. Sometime, often, I try and plan out what I’m writing about, outline, document, and work out themes and then carefully write to that plan.

But other times, like this week, all of that planning goes out the window and I write everything fresh, as it occurs to me, often completing a full week’s posts in a couple of hours’ writing. When that happens I either just throw away my plans or postpone them for another time. Most often they’re abandoned and that’s OK.

I’ve found that when the ideas and the words come, to just go for it, to keep pushing. And that’s when I often do some of my best work and write the posts that people respond to. While I advocate planning and careful preparation, I also know that sometimes carefully planning for one thing may result in other things emerging which you don’t consciously expect, but you shouldn’t automatically reject.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer or a baker. When the mood strikes you and you find you can suddenly make things happen, do everything to stay in that mood. Create, build, bake. You can always rework later. You can go back to your plans, if you need to. It probably won’t last long, but when you can just let the ideas come and let the work flow, you’ll likely find some things you didn’t know you could do.

The bad news is this: these bursts of creativity only come after lots of practice, lots of work, and lots of preparation. Don’t bemoan all of that. It’s what makes that explosion of possibility possible. And the more often you do that good, solid, regular work, the more frequently you’ll find that the creativity takes over.

That’s it for today. Can’t stop. Too busy creating!

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1 Jonathan Elliot July 13, 2010 at 12:43 am

Agreed. Some of my best posts have been those which “intuitively” I know to be good.

I think a rational + irrational approach works just fine. :)

Jonathan from spritzophrenia

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2 Randy Murray July 13, 2010 at 7:15 am

Almost all of my “good stuff” arrises from the subconscious. I wouldn’t exactly call it “irrational”, but it’s not necessarily deliberate, if A then B work either.

But I also know that these moments of inspiration are worthless without the regular work of writing and creating. That practice gets everything ready, keeps all of the writing muscles strong, so when the creative moment comes, everything really can flow easily.

Thanks for commenting, Jonathan!

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