The Creative Process and Motivation
Stage 1: Desire
Stage 2: Curiosity
In this stage, I’m usually curious about what I’ve seen. I want to touch it, poke it, taste it and smell it- that is if it’s edible, but usually this process just involves poking. A key part of curiosity is satisfying it. That means, reading about the topic of interest, studying it, and researching it down to the last basic detail.
Stage 3: Dabbling (What's down there?)
Here, I find myself making shy attempts at performing the basic actions required of the interesting topic. It’s never anything big, just using the notes I took while researching and applying it to one or two instances. An example would be baking cookies from scratch. I started with the most basic recipe I could find, sugar cookies. Butter, sugar, vanilla flavoring, flour and a pinch of salt. Sugar cookies. That’s it.
Stage 4: Experimenting
Once I’ve got that basic recipe/procedure/technique down, I get a little saucy, because I bore easily. Why should I ONLY make sugar cookies? What if I want Peanut Butter cookies? Or chocolate chip cookies? Or hell, what if I want smoked habanero and chocolate cookies?! Yeah, that’s where experimenting comes in. It marries stage3 with that need to be creative and sometimes, it produces beautiful results. Other times, it leaves you with little burnt lumps of something that turns to powder in your mouth.
Stage 6: Give Yourself a Moment of Glory
What, you thought that you weren’t entitled to a little bit of gloating? Well, you are. Gloat a little. Say to yourself ‘This is the thing I created! I did this! I am AWESOME!’ whilst cackling like a mad scientist. All that is horribly important too.
Stage 7: Add Some Spice
After you’ve become savvy with your process and got a tried and true thing, it’s time to diversify. Go back to stage 2 and work your way back down here. I usually do it until I feel that I’ve expanded my skillset to a point where I can’t really expand it too much more. Soon, you’ll be creating new designs, tinkering with physics (There is some of that involved when you’re making jewelry, believe it or not), and making some mind blowing discoveries (maybe not, but it will still be pretty durn cool).
What’s this? I didn’t tell you what motivates me? Honestly, I don’t think that information would help you very much. I’m not even totally sure what motivates me, myself. The desire and the drive to create is just there. When I get some energy, supplies and some time, it takes off like a rocket. That’s the thing with motivation, it MUST come from within. If your motivation doesn’t come from inside of you, your creative process will not survive passed dabbling. Finding a hobby you love and can live for is a trial and error process. The important thing is to experiment and try and when you find something that you enjoy tangling with more than once, something that you can be proud of even the smallest achievements in, you don’t need to know anything about my creative process, you’ll make your own.