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Thoughts On Sustaining Creativity [Jul. 19th, 2008|04:05 am]
Kelly J. Cooper

An old alt.callahans friend, dmmaus, wrote an interesting thing about creativity over here. A key thought:

People who start a creative project looking for adulation or reward usually don't find it. And so they give up. People who create with no more goal than "make something new at a regular interval" will putter along, creating stuff for as long as they find it interesting. And they're the ones who end up with a big creative output.

Lots to think about, there.

[User Picture]From: catness
2008-07-19 10:38 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, yeah. I've been observing a phenomenon of later-in-life creative outlets that are like that for people. "Look At My Stuff" seems as important as (or maybe more than) the actual pursuit. It's almost like a different kind of mid-life crisis for some folks.

I think for those who aren't just *driven* to create, it's easier to watch TV or faff about on the internet than it is to nail oneself to the mundanity of working on one's craft, especially on a regular/constant basis. People are reward-seeking because excellence is *hard* and takes a lot of time, and for some reason focus has moved away from finding the effort itself rewarding. Spending time right now getting a quick happy or entertainment fix is more important than spending prep work on things that might be great later (or might not). Our culture is definitely more geared towards "the joy of the getting", rather than "the joy of the doing". And getting isn't just material things, it includes validation.

Edited at 2008-07-19 03:52 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: liralen
2008-07-21 02:29 pm (UTC)
It's a good one for me to think about.

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