The No. 1 Creativity HabitIn a word: solitude.
Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.Of course, there are lots of ways to find this solitude.
Only when one is alone can one find quiet. Silence.
Without which, you cannot truly hear or see or feel. Take your pick.
The story you want to tell cannot reveal itself to you until you are ready to listen.
This ties in with the idea of deliberate practice, or whatever you want to call it.
It is easier to write, to practice the musical instrument of your choice, to draw, to sculpt, you name it, when you are alone.
But people are not the only distractions. The internet, for instance, now that nearly every writer seems to work mostly from a computer. Twitter is a useful tool, to be certain, but it could just as easily have been called Distraction Central.
I consider the distractions to be separate from the procrastinations.
The procrastinations are things you do to avoid seeking out that solitude. Cleaning seems to be rather popular, which I don't understand, but I suppose if you're desperately avoiding something, cleaning's probably better than TV.
I admit my favorite procrastination is reading, as I always have a crazy amount of reading to catch up on anyway.
Either way, there are things out there that try to prevent us from reaching that space.
The trick is to rise above it. Because it is necessary.
Sheer, desperate desire helps, though it can also hinder.
It's easy enough to lock yourself into a room. It's much harder to find true solitude, to find the space where you can create.
Sometimes, one can go crazy trying to find that space, and yet, without that space, we'd probably be crazier.