Creative Impulse and Statis

The impulse to create is a universally human attribute. For some, creation may be hiding under many layers that we need to peel back. I recently had a conversation with someone who was told that they could not draw. And it’s not that they are physically incapable, it was just that they were told they were not good enough. The thing is, there’s no “good enough” in creativity.

When you want to express your creativity, don’t wait to be (or get) good enough. I waited for many years to be good enough to write a book. All it meant was that I was not writing my book. It didn’t mean that I was getting better at writing during that time. In actuality, I came to realize the all-too obvious fact that the act of writing would make me a better writer.

When listening to your creative impulse, the best thing to do is act.

snow photo by Sylwia Bartyzel

Holding off in stasis really doesn’t serve you. Emotionally, even if the end-result of creation is frustration, it is better to have done it. Holding off on your masterpiece to come together in your mind isn’t working towards manifesting it. You can learn a craft, like writing or drawing, while still listening and acting on your creative impulse. Don’t let the status of amateur or beginner deter you from creating.

The creative impulse doesn’t just belong to those who have made a career out of creativity. It belongs to everyone who wants to engage themselves in the creation of something. If you want to pick up a pen and draw, don’t listen to someone saying you aren’t good enough. Many times, the goal of creation is not even to start a revenue stream. Oftentimes, it’s meant just as a form of self-expression.

We live in a fast-paced time where we sometimes judge things to be worthwhile only if we are able to monetize them. Result and reward overshadow the primal need to beautify our world through creation. When I’ve focused on monetizing as the sole purpose of creative, I’ve found that it’s been stifling. It takes a toll on the art itself. Let’s more broadly apply the well-know French slogan, l’art pour l’art.

While the saying refers to the separation of art from practical and moral function, it is more appropriate now than ever to expand the usage of this to monetization.