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“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity” – Ray Bradbury

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013

There will be a lot of rusty bikes and tin cans you'll throw out, but maybe some of them can be polished up and used for something else...

I don’t know what’s up with me today but I have had a huge surge of creativity.   Is it something that my dear friend Irina put in the tea last night, is it all the shaman drums I’ve been listening to lately, the fact that the house is empty and I can hear my thoughts, maybe the sun shining outside or the article I read about writer’s block on Brain Pickings?  Maybe it’s a combination of all of these things (I’ll have to ask what Irina put in the tea…) Thankfully, my boys from Druyd helped me to install Adobe Audition 1.5 so all has been recorded for posterity’s sake…

Being a musician and hand crafter, I’ve always been fascinated by creativity and feel that, compared to my dear Druydical brothers, I have the least of it.   Coming up with a melody to accompany theirs is almost always akin to fishing for gold – I come up with so many rusty bicycles and old tin cans before even a hint of gold comes into sight I could easily open up a scrap metal yard.  It’s not surprising given that the boys improvise on a daily basis.  I don’t.  And that made me think – where can the fountain of creativity be found, where is its source and how can I get to it?  There seems to be no Google map leading to it but here are some things that I’ve found that “ease” the road to creativity:

  1. Being alone.  It’s hard to hear a melody when there are children screaming and dogs barking in the background
  2. I find that most of my ideas come to me when I’m walking or having a shower.  This is especially the case in nature, although I’ve never had a shower in a forest…imagine the ideas then… :D
  3. Improvisation, improvisation, improvisation until it hurts!  Or in other words, practice makes perfect
  4. Listen to as varied music as possible, even things you don’t normally listen to
  5. Write down and record everything that comes to mind.  Yes, there will be a lot of rusty bikes and tin cans you’ll throw out, but maybe some of them can be polished up and used for something else…
  6. And most importantly, as the title of this blog says – don’t think.  As soon as you start thinking “this is crap” all creativity shuts down and blockage sets in.  Don’t judge your work, just let it be.  Or as Sylvia Plath would say “the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”

Well, I’m off now to jump back into the land of dreams and creativity….I don’t have a parachute but I’m going anyway… :)

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