I have always been a slowpoke –somebody who moves, acts, responds, or works very slowly. “why do you speak so slow? Why do you eat so slow? Is there any way for you to move faster?” Not a big news. I always have been this way since I was little. While that’s not saying I hate it, but I’m not exactly loving it as well. I’m somewhere between I admit and accept it truly but I have to be productive/efficient while being so. This explains why the most I can update this blog is weekly, sometimes even more and I’m very sorry for that. Hihihi. I’m tryin to work on it. :))
This goes hand in hand with my creative process. While being creative and creating stuff is my second nature, it has always been in a very slow pace. I’d like to think my creative process has three stages; inspiration, motivation, and acceptance.
- Inspiration – Ideas come to very randomly and expire almost as fast. That is why I always have with me a small notebook and a pen to write things down immediately so that ideas won’t float away. Sometimes however, nothing ever pops in my head no matter how hard I try. I had to dig thru everything (tumblr, pinterest, blogs, youtube) to keep the creative juice flowing but still no ideas are coming. But when inspiration does hit, it hits real hard. It comes flowing like forever, different ideas rushing all at once. It becomes overwhelming then turns stressful. The thoughts are racing in my head, I don’t know which goes first, and it’s a chaos. What I learned to do is I put everything down on paper (my journal), I write everything –every little thing so that I can visualize the ideas properly, without getting them mixed-up and blurred out. I write them down unfiltered and raw. I write keywords, usually in bullet form with no order. From there, I start managing and organizing them into which goes first and which doesn’t go anywhere.
- Motivation is the hardest part. The motivation to start working on the ideas hits me not so oftenly (it’s a struggle). Planning and actually doing it has a very wide gap. Even when I have all the time in the world but when the motivation doesn’t come it just won’t happen. On the contrary, there are times when I’m crazy busy and that’s when adrenaline comes pumping. In other words, I’m a procrastinator. There are times when it works, there are times it doesn’t. The hidden key is to just do it no matter what mood you’re in, just start working on it and see how it goes. Having a cup of coffee and pastries helps me get into work mode easily.
- Say for instance, in journaling, one thing that scares me most is to making mistake or to not like the output that I made. I hesitate a lot before starting and bc of that I visualize and plan every move very carefully but that doesn’t ensure perfection it even raises frustration. But over time, I learned that letting my hands do the work and surprising myself at the end is the joy of creating. And it’s that joy that feeds my hunger to create more no matter how slow I get there.
So, how bout you guys? I would love to hear the process behind every great content that you have.