Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Truth About Creating, Sometimes People Don't Want to Create and That's Okay!

Here are some thoughts I had on creativity the other day.

Creating is work* by definition, but not in a negative way sometimes, and other times it is. And like so many other things in life, it's complicated. So let me break down my thoughts on creating and creative energy, which may help other creators in their journey and struggles of their creative adventure.

If you don't feel like posting videos/blogs/photos/paintings/games/etc, then maybe you shouldn't. You don't have to create stuff if you don't want to.

The work suffers if you are forced to create something you don't really care about. If you are passionate about something you will naturally be inclined towards that thing in which you are passionate for, and this time invested will lead to experience which may lead to expertise and ultimately mastery of the craft in which you are passionate. At that point your work speaks for itself, it has risen to another level and stands alone for people of the world to see and admire, maybe even aspire to your level.

The truth of this matter is that to master anything in life takes years to accomplish, this is not attained quickly, there is no shortcut to success. Everything you do until you reach the master level I would consider practice. The more practice the better in my opinion.

So if you don't feel like practicing, take a day off. What works for me is to work on different disciplines at a time, so if I don't feel like writing, I may do some computer programming, or I may do some wood working, or I may do some gardening, or filming outside for my stock footage and cinematography work, or I may just work out even more for the day, and on and on it goes, having goals really helps.

So if I can offer you some words of encouragement they would be this, at times I feel overwhelmed, or discouraged, that is okay, take a break and after some time those feelings may pass. If you really don't like doing something, even after taking a break for days or weeks, then maybe you shouldn't be doing that.

For now, keep on kraken!


noun: work; plural noun: works; plural noun: the works
  1. 1.
    activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

    "he was tired after a day's work in the fields"

    synonyms:labor, toil, slog, drudgery, exertion, effort, industry, service; More
    informalgrind, sweat, elbow grease;

    "a day's work in the fields"
    antonyms:leisure, rest
    • a place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing.

      "he found a job in the ironworks"
  2. 2.
    mental or physical activity as a means of earning income; employment.

    "I'm still looking for work"

    synonyms:employment, a job, a position, a situation, a post; More
    an occupation, a profession, a career, a vocation, a calling;
    wage labor;
    tasks, jobs, duties, assignments, projects;

    "I'm looking for work"
    antonyms:unemployment, retirement
    • the place where one works.

      "I was returning home from work on a packed subway"
    • the period of time spent during the day engaged in such activity.

      "he was going to the theater after work"
  3. 3.
    a task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do.

    "they made sure the work was progressing smoothly"
    • the materials for this.

      "she frequently took work home with her"
    • informal
      cosmetic plastic surgery.

      "between you and me, I think he's had some work done"
    • Theology
      good or moral deeds.

      "the Clapham sect was concerned with works rather than with faith"

      synonyms:deeds, acts, actions

      "a lifetime spent doing good works"
  4. 4.
    something done or made.

    "her work hangs in all the main American collections"

    synonyms:handiwork, doing, act, deed

    "this is the work of a radical faction"
    • the result of the action of a specified person or thing.

      "the bombing had been the work of a German-based cell"
    • a literary or musical composition or other piece of fine art.

      "a work of fiction"

      synonyms:composition, piece, creation; More
      opus, oeuvre

      "works of literature"
    • all literary or musical pieces by a particular author, composer, or artist, regarded collectively.

      "the works of Schubert fill several feet of shelf space"

      synonyms:writings, oeuvre, canon, output

      "the complete works of Shakespeare"
    • a piece of embroidery, sewing, or knitting, typically made using a specified stitch or method.
    • Military
      a defensive structure.
    • an architectural or engineering structure such as a bridge or dam.
    • the record of the successive calculations made in solving a mathematical problem.

      "show your work on a separate sheet of paper"
  5. 5.
    the operative part of a clock or other machine.

    "she could almost hear the tick of its works"
  6. 6.
    the exertion of force overcoming resistance or producing molecular change.
  7. 7.
    everything needed, desired, or expected.

    "the heavens put on a show: sheet lightning, hailstones—the works"

    synonyms:everything, the full treatment; More
    informalthe lot, the whole shebang, the full nine yards, the whole kit and kaboodle, the whole ball of wax

    "for only $60 you can get the works"
verb: work; 3rd person present: works; past tense: worked; past participle: worked; past tense: wrought; past participle: wrought; gerund or present participle: working
  1. 1.
    be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one's job; do work.

    "an engineer who had been working on a design for a more efficient wing"

    synonyms:toil, labor, exert oneself, slave (away); More
    keep at it, put one's nose to the grindstone;
    informalslog (away), plug away, put one's back into it, knock oneself out, sweat blood;

    "staff worked late into the night"
    antonyms:rest, play
    • be employed, typically in a specified occupation or field.

      "Taylor has worked in education for 17 years"

      synonyms:be employed, have a job, earn one's living, do business

      "he worked in education for years"
    • (of an artist) produce articles or pictures using (a particular material or medium).

      "he works in clay over a very strong frame"
    • produce (an article or design) using a specified material or sewing stitch.

      "the castle itself is worked in tent stitch"
    • set to or keep at work.

      "Jane is working you too hard"
    • cultivate (land) or extract materials from (a mine or quarry).

      "contracts and leases to work the mines"

      synonyms:cultivate, farm, till, plow

      "farmers worked the land"
    • solve (a puzzle or mathematical problem).

      "she spent her days working crosswords"
    • practice one's occupation or operate in or at (a particular place).

      "I worked a few clubs and so forth"
    • make efforts to achieve something; campaign.

      "we spend a great deal of our time working for the lacto-vegetarian cause"
  2. 2.
    (of a machine or system) operate or function, especially properly or effectively.

    "his cell phone doesn't work unless he goes to a high point"

    synonyms:function, go, run, operate;

    "his car was working perfectly"

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