The creative process has no process or outline to follow. We never know when, where, or how an idea will come. Even when deliberately seeking inspiration, often what we come up with can feel inauthentic because it was ‘construed’ and not ‘out of nowhere’ like where we presume brilliant things come from.
In the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, a famous writer and professor, she discusses both procrastinating and disciplining oneself to write (or create, or design, or draw, or study…whatever your ‘thing’ is) I thought this diddy was funny:
“So after I’ve completely exhausted myself thinking about the people I most resent in the world, and my more arresting financial problems, and, of course, the orthodontia, I remember to pick up the one-inch picture frame and to figure out a one-inch piece of my story to tell, one small scene, one memory, one exchange.”
There may not be method, but sometimes we can feel like there is madness. Check out these staircases going nowhere