What is Creative Momentum?
Everyone has hit a patch in his or her creative work during which the ideas dry up. Motivation flies out the window. Productive sessions in the studio, on the dance floor or at the keyboard become distant memories. By the same token, we’ve all had days in which everything just “clicked” creatively. Original approaches to a subject seemed to suggest themselves, collaborative efforts yielded amazing synergy and the stamina to keep at the project wells up naturally.
Developing and maintaining the sort of momentum that enhances creative flow isn’t easy, but there are reliable foundations on which to build this motion. I’ve identified four elements that can propel your creativity forward, generating the momentum you need to power past blocks, setbacks and discouragements.
The Creative Momentum Model
The Creative Momentum model rests upon four practices, each of which builds on the stage before it.
Clearing a space – physical, mental or temporal – in your life to create greatly increases the likelihood you will create. Decluttering is a necessary precursor to the actual business of creating. In this stage, obstacles to consistent creative activity are identified and solutions experimented with.
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Building Positive Habits and Rituals
Once the proverbial “ground” has been cleared, it’s time to plant your creative garden. Habit and ritual are the seeds that ripen into fruitful actions and output. Developing a routine that makes creative activity a part of everyday life ensures that creativity can continue despite setbacks, disappointments or an apparent lack of progress.
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Attend to Practice and Technique
For adult creatives, particularly those who are self-taught in their discipline, paying attention to how skills are mastered can make the difference between stagnation and slow, but steady, forward movement.
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Pursue Worthy Projects
Once daily creative activity is inevitable, worthy projects harness that energy and channel it in exciting, challenging directions. Whether personal, charitable or entrepreneurial in nature, worthy projects provide a focus and an incentive for the effort required to create successfully.
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Many creative blocks can be quickly dispensed with by using the Creative Momentum model as a diagnostic tool. In this blog, I provide a number of tips and tools and tips for doing that.