When does the creative process end?

August 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

“Then comes the week before the recording- the most dangerous stage for destruction, and I feel like a horse before the race- why can’t it be tomorrow?” Edna Stern

Most creative activities are in some degree performances–whether it is a painting, sculpture, design, composition, novel, even most academic work like papers, lectures, tests, etc. fit this pattern. They are very similar to athletic events. You study, practice, refine your skills, improve your abilities and then at some particular time execute the performance. The goal is to time that performance with the peak of your abilities so that you do the best that you can at that moment. After the performance your skills will often decline with respect to that subject as you turn your attention to new aspects of your work or discipline.

You may at some time be better at certain technical aspects of your craft but for the time of that “performance” that is the best you can do with that interpretation of that subject. Even if you return to it later, it is in some ways different. A new interpretation from a different perspective and hence in many respects an entirely different work.


~ by severalfourmany on August 4, 2010.

One Response to “When does the creative process end?”

  1. This is an issue that plagues other disciplines as well (hence the mantra of “Shoot the engineer and ship the product.”)

    Voltaire was spot on: The best is the enemy of the good.

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