Creativity – When Focus Becomes Constraint

Creativity  – When Focus Becomes Constraint

Creativity – as some readers will know I started November full of commitment to the Nanowrimo challenge and writing the first draft of my third novel with at least 50,000 words completed in one month.

Out I set with the work I had already done; the story arc, the settings, the characters etc.

For the first week or so all went well and I had the “right” number of words to report each day against my title.

By the second week I was starting to flag a little and meeting the commitment was hard alongside my other work. But I was still hitting, and usually exceeding, the target every day.  I kept going!

At the end of the third week nature took a hand. I came down with some relatively minor illness. But it meant I had to stop. And stopping meant I could take stock.

Creativity – when you need to stop!

I was focussed so hard on meeting the target that I was no longer actually enjoying the process of writing. Perhaps even worse than that, what I was writing wasn’t very good and nor do I think it was very interesting. If I didn’t actually feel engaged with my hero – how were my readers going to feel?

Now I do believe setting goals is a good approach to creative writing as with anything else in life. I believe in measuring progress towards those goals. But they do need to be appropriate to the task. And they do need to become your own goals, not someone else’s, to be really successful.

I believe as well that if you wish to let your creative juices flow, there can be a time when focus becomes a constraint and you need to set yourself free.

Warm regards

Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com

 

Creativity:When Focus Becomes Constraint

Creativity: When Focus Becomes Constraint

Advice from Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

Creativity – as some readers will know I started November full of commitment to the Nanowrimo challenge and writing the first draft of my third novel with at least 50,000 words completed in one month.

Out I set with the work I had already done; the story arc, the settings, the characters etc.

For the first week or so all went well and I had the “right” number of words to report each day against my title.

By the second week I was starting to flag a little and meeting the commitment was hard alongside my other work. But I was still hitting, and usually exceeding, the target every day.  I kept going!

At the end of the third week nature took a hand. I came down with some relatively minor illness. But it meant I had to stop. And stopping meant I could take stock.

I was focussed so hard on meeting the target that I was no longer actually enjoying the process of writing. Perhaps even worse than that, what I was writing wasn’t very good and nor do I think it was very interesting. If I didn’t actually feel engaged with my hero – how were my readers going to feel?

Now I do believe setting goals is a good approach to creative writing as with anything else in life. I believe in measuring progress towards those goals. But they do need to be appropriate to the task. And they do need to become your own goals, not someone else’s, to be really successful.

I believe as well that if you wish to let your creative juices flow, there can be a time when focus becomes a constraint and you need to set yourself free.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Steve Jobs – Quotes On Success and Creativity

Steve Jobs – Quotes On Success and Creativity

Steve Jobs remains our hero.

Kick-start your brain. New ideas come from watching something, talk to people, Steve Jobsexperimenting, asking questions and getting out of the office!

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do the market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

It’s only by saying ‘no’ that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we’d given customers what they said they wanted, we’d have built a computer they’d have been happy with a year after we spoke to them – not something they’d want now.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design IS how it works.

Your customers dream of a happier and better life. Don’t move products. Enrich lives.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules…because the ones how are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

Tuesday Quotes For Management – Steve Jobs On Success and Creativity

Tuesday Quotes For Management – Steve Jobs On Success and Creativity

Kick-start your brain. New ideas come from watching something, talk to people, experimenting, asking questions and getting out of the office!

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

We think the Mac will sell zillions, but we didn’t build the Mac for anybody else. We built it for ourselves. We were the group of people who were going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do the market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build.

It’s only by saying ‘no’ that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we’d given customers what they said they wanted, we’d have built a computer they’d have been happy with a year after we spoke to them – not something they’d want now.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design IS how it works.

Your customers dream of a happier and better life. Don’t move products. Enrich lives.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules…because the ones how are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more athttp://wisewolfcoaching.com