Using Constriction to Create

Creativity is boundless. The paradox of creativity though is that setting constrictions helps you get started. When there’s too many options it can be hard to decide what to create.

Bureaucracy and distractions aren’t constrictions. They intend to prevent and slow down your ideas. Constrictions include what type of format you’re working with (digital or analog), your canvass (a computer screen, a camera, or a piece of paper and paints) and what type of environment you’re working in (studio or streets).

Creativity is a personal interpretation, a combination of your perspective based on your life’s experiences and education plus the tools you have with you.

There’s no one right way to make something. Creativity is experimentation. Interpretation of art is also open-ended. People have a different critique on all types of art.

Creatives like to challenge themselves by making something that hasn’t been done before, not because of firstness, but because of the thrill of the unknown.

Humans have neat ideas. Creativity is just a way to get them out of the head.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.