The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there’s ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it’s really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow.
Carlton Cuse (screenwriter, known for Lost)
This quote from Cuse really struck me – we’ve all heard many people say that it’s the journey not the destination – but he adds so much more here.
Many of us want a magic pill, an “easy button,” or a lightning bolt that will shake us up and change everything. But in all honesty, that just doesn’t happen often. Sure, there’s a quick thought that captures your imagination once in a while – but the actual process of creating requires a long, slow, steady journey, trudging through the weeds toward the sunlight.
And this is not meant to discourage taking classes, but: there’s not likely a class that will be that magic pill. Nothing that will, in one fell swoop, turn your thinking around and launch you into being the artist you desire to be. (Gosh if I could figure out how to teach a class like that, I would!) It’s a little at a time. Each time you learn something, you add to the last time you had a revelation. And that happens again and again over time until you can look back and see how far you’ve come.
So be encouraged: you’re taking the right steps by taking any steps toward improving. Practice. Take classes. Practice. And then practice some more. But along that road, don’t forget to stop and look around. Revel in the accomplishments whenever they come – big ones and small ones. You’re moving forward!