I’ve written and shared my work every single day for the last two weeks. There have been some pieces I think were pretty good (this and this are some of them), and some that felt weak, almost scattered. That’s ok. We can’t expect everything we do to be a home run.
Now, if you’d asked me a few months ago if I could manage a post a day, I would have laughed you out the room. I average 5 or 6 posts a month – how on earth am I meant to come up with enough half decent ideas for a post a day?
Over the last two weeks, I’ve confirmed what I already suspected to be true: there is no limit to creative energy. I know that sounds ridiculous. We’ve all sat there struggling for the next word, frustrated about how to round off a sentence or a paragraph or seemingly completely at a loss of where to go next. But I’m not talking about the mechanics of writing, drawing or making music here. I’m talking about the well we draw our thoughts from.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Steve Jobs famously said creativity was just connecting things. No drama, no special rituals – there’s no right or wrong way to do it. So every book you read, every conversation you have or interesting movie you watch has the potential to set off a chain reaction.
Don’t be frightened of the challenge. Don’t be cowed by the idea of creative geniuses. Just get out there and start putting stuff together.
By the way, if you want some more actionable advice on how to generate more ideas – I think you’ll all thoroughly enjoy this.