Create Without Analyzing

Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

– Sister Corita Kent and John Cage, “Ten Rules for Teachers and Students”

This is challenging practice because as artists, we are constantly assessing and judging our work.

My friend Raymond Larsen, a brilliant jazz trumpet player, recorded an album of free improvisations earlier this year. Initially, he thought the music wasn’t clicking and the first day in the studio was wasted. Weeks later, he listened to the session and discovered the material from day one was the most captivating music from the session. Ray finds even more enjoyment with subsequent listens.

Bring Forth Your Bad Ideas

When leading a brainstorming session, facilitators often claim “there are no bad ideas.” Of course there are plenty of bad ideas, but you won’t get to the brilliant ideas if you immediately scrutinize and criticize each suggestion.

One way to become creative is to discipline yourself to generate bad ideas. The worse the better. Do it a lot and magically you’ll discover that some good ones slip through.

– Seth Godin, bestselling author and entrepreneur, Linchpin

Work to stay engaged in the moment. The analysis, judgement, and editing can come later.

Also see, Quantity Leads To Quality.

– ST

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