The act of creation is an odd process. People ask, where did you think of that? How did the idea come to you? My answer is usually: “I dunno, I’m weird, or I just think of stuff”. But, those aren’t real answers, they are the easy ones.
The answer is that creation is deep in the center of our existence that attempts to claw its way out. The originating source of each creation is an esoteric seed only understood by the person in which it exists. Creation has a singular arcane rooted need — to be free. Some people try to suppress creation, but it is impossible. Creation has the ability to coerce its host to materialize its need, and eventually it does escape. For some people it comes out in dance, photography, drawing, designing, painting, acting, cooking, or for those like me, writing. My creativity has the agile ability to leap out and land in a sloppy ink mess. During my creative journey to the page, grammar isn’t a concern and neither is sentence structure, but there is a gargantuan level of relief that my creative thoughts are out and they have a unified pulse.
Now that your creation has life you can’t just leave it, now it’s real. You have to keep working with it, scraping away at it like artisan clay until it forms a solid object. This process takes time, practice, patience, skill, and dedication. When it’s done, you will know. It won’t be perfect but it will be your creation, and it will be beautiful with all of its flaws. There is a choice, now, with what to do with your creation. You can leave it in a box under the bed, keep it as unnamed file on your laptop, maybe you’ll let it dry in the garage forever, or you could, maybe, share it with the world. There is a level of insanity it takes to make the choice and share your creation with everyone — to hope that they like it, to share it with their friends, to share the same joy you have with it, and to give you the opportunity to make money from it so you can create more. However the insanity it takes to unleash your creation is both beautiful and brave, because you have to remember back to one thing that creation needs. So I say, be mental, be brave, unleash it to the world and set it free, because who knows what will happen to it, how it will evolve, or where it will take you next.
This is a list of books on the subject of creativity, which I recommend.
Steven Pressfield – Do the Work http://www.stevenpressfield.com/do-the-work/
Steven Pressfield – The War of Art http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/
Elizabeth Gilbert – Big Magic https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/
Seth Godin – Brainwashed : Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/docs/brainwash.pdf This is from his free archive, feel free to share it.