The Creative Process, Perfectly Explained

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Perfect description of the creative process from @MarcusRomer:

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  1. Red Dog on 14.11.2013 at 23:22 (Reply)

    Only those who are under a certain age use the word “awesome” constantly.

    The creative process might be difficult at times, but this description of it is callow.

    I suggest that a dictionary be consulted to learn the meaning of the word “awe”.

    This is trite. In no way is this profound. “Awesome” it’s NOT.

    1. Newspeak on 15.11.2013 at 13:02 (Reply)

      Why dwell on such trivialities? Replace ‘awesome’ with ‘fantastic,’ ‘brilliant,’ or even ‘smashing’ if it helps.

      Love the post BTW. At least now I know its perfectly normal to go through those phases. Thanks!

  2. Rich Day on 26.11.2013 at 17:58 (Reply)

    Red Dog, I read this poster and the meaning of it struck me immediately. But it’s meant to convey a certain meaning through humor. It isn’t Wordsworth. What did you feel the meaning of this post was, and do you think that meaning might speak to new writers in a beneficial way? I’d be interested in your experience with this process, rather than your feeling about how poetic the post was. Red Dog, what would you say to new writers to help them along the way?

    1. Red Dog on 27.11.2013 at 00:24 (Reply)

      It begins with #1:”this is awesome”. It proceeds to #4:”I am Shit”. Then it ends with #6: “this is awesome.”

      This fantasy expression of the creative process is not awesome. It’s not humorous because it isn’t funny. It’s merely self-indulgent, alternating between self-pity and self-importance. It does not “speak to new writers in a beneficial way.”

      In the vacillation from #1 to #6, it might as well have stopped at #3, with that being the most accurate insight and appraisal voiced.

      1. Hilary J on 04.06.2014 at 12:00 (Reply)

        I see it as humorous, because it intentionally exaggerates the emotions and thoughts of the creative process in shorthand. It personally helps me to be reminded that *other* people have the “I am shit” moment while trying to create something. It is, in fact, a reminder to not take yourself sooooo seriously (while still treating your own work with respect). It’s not meant to be an in-depth encapsulation. In fact, the assumption that the creative process is “supposed” to be always fun has stopped many people cold if they find they can’t manage a constant state of creative bliss-and at one and the same time, they berate themselves for not being “tough enough” to stick it out in a process that’s supposed to be fun.

        And now, just because….awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
        Sorry, channeling my inner 13-year old there (I’m 43).

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