After working on some edits for my agent I’m now back writing a first draft. I find first drafts incredibly difficult. The white space feels as though it is mocking me on a daily basis. Strike that, never mind a daily basis. A minute by minute basis as I sit in front of my laptop. Even if I have a drafted plan in front of me, finding the words, pulling them out of my head and onto the page feels as though I am attempting to extract my teeth without anesthesia.
I know there are authors who prefer to write the first draft and authors who prefer to edit. I prefer to edit because there is a skeleton there for me to see and to work with.
The creative process is a weird and wonderful thing. I like many others, don’t believe in the muse. I believe in sitting in front of my laptop and working. Though of course, some days my creativity flows a lot better than other days, and I find myself in the “zone”.
But, what about other creatives, how do people come up with their working ideas? It’s often a question that is asked and one I struggle to answer.
Today I bring you a TED video from OK Go a group who have a very creative streak when it comes to their music videos and here the lead singer talks about his creative process.
What is your creative process like? Do you recognise anything from the video? Is your mind a crazy place or a more structured world? Let us know in the comments.
Margot Kinberg says
Thanks for sharing that video, Rebecca. It really is interesting to think about how people nurture their creativity, isn’t it? To me, anyway, it takes both discipline and inspiration, and I like to learn how others go about it.