In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
When God started he created the heavens and the earth. That’s just two things. It says here, one out of the two things, the earth, was formless and empty. That’s an entire half of his creative process. As creators, it’s important to remember that the beginning is supposed to be messy, chaotic, and formless. The end goal is supposed to be a stark contrast from the beginning.
As creators in the beginning stages, we start with a general idea and then we mold and shape and build. The way we mold, shape, and build looks different for everyone but even so that’s where we start. Some people mold and shape with outlines. Some people mold and shape with images of scenes or characters scattered about. Some people develop characters and let them tell the story. That’s the fascinating part of the creative process. However there’s the fascination.
The creative process is exciting when you’re looking from the outside in, but when you’re the one in the muck and chaos, it can drown you but only if you let it. Let’s note that muck and chaos are not negative or positive, they’re just ideas without order. It’s when you allow doubt into the muck and chaos that it can grow into something that feels out of control and unattainable. Confidence is key. Confidence and trusting the process. You gotta let the chaos reign for it’s allotted time, so you can find it’s weaknesses and build around them.
All the chaos and muck is worth wading through to get to the final product. Well, that’s what I’ve learned while being part of the creative community (and now the entrepreneur community). The reason why creativity is hard is not because no one has good ideas. There’s a million great ideas out there. The hard part is taking those good ideas and putting them out into the the world in way that the world can digest them. That’s the challenging part.
So I write this as a reminder to stay encouraged. It doesn’t matter what part of the creative process you’re in. It’s all hard. It takes guts to share your ideas. It takes boldness to show up to your creative endeavors. It takes heart to stay focused on your purpose. It’s no small feat but I know you’re capable.
I leave you with this weeks affirmations from the inspiring Julia Cameron,
Creativity is God’s will for your life
You got this