As a Creativity Coach, often I’ll get emails and messages from creative artists who simply feel overwhelmed with all the possible options they have to create.
They might say something like: “I’ve got this great idea for a new short story I want to develop, that came to me in the middle of the night. I wrote down the core idea and really can’t wait to develop it. But I’m also in the midst of a new collection of poems for a book I want to publish. Then there’s my novel, I really should be adding to that and getting the first draft finished at least. So I can’t decide where I should focus my creativity and energy and end up flitting between different projects, not really getting into any of them. And these are just writing projects I’ve told you about. I also have a new camera I’m enjoy experimenting with and want to spend more time with. And I got 6 huge new canvases at a discount last week that I’d like to prepare for a new abstract series of portraits I’ve begun sketching out. And then there’s…”
The list of possible creative projects goes on. Does this sound at all familiar to you?
We all have a number of ideas we’d like to work on and different media we’d like to experiment with and evolve in. What also happens is that the more ideas you have, Kreativ leg the more ideas seem to spring from them.
When you try a new creative form and enjoy it, it opens doorways to a whole load of other creative media that you’d not considered before because you didn’t even know they existed!
So whatever can we do? How can we possibly choose firstly which creative media to work in, then which project to start within that, when the choice seems so completely overwhelming?
In short, what IS the best creative project for you to create right now?
The answer is, there is no single “perfect choice”. There are a number of projects you could choose from, and begin. And any of those choices would be a good choice for you right now.
Here’s a stark reality that many of us overlook:
You will never have enough time – even if you created every minute of every day for the rest of your life – to develop every good idea you’ll have.
Read that statement again, and absorb the truth of it.
Once you realise this, you can let go of the endless anxiety at trying to create EVERYTHING and get down to creating SOMETHING.
You can choose one creative project to work on right now, one project that inspires, excites and motivates you, and give that your full focus and attention for the next few days, weeks, months, or however long it needs your focus and attention.