forcing creativity

so i was going to write about whether or not rules were meant to be broken. Short answer: yes and no. However, as I was writing the post, I realized that I didn’t really have a lot to say about it, other than the fact that progress can be made when we deviate from the rules. Other than that, I didn’t have anything better to share off the top of my head.

My goal for right now is to become a daily blogger and vlogger. Not in the traditional sense, I don’t want to stick to one genre. I plan to change my style a little bit for each video and each blog post, until I can establish my own flow and my own style. Today is May 14th, 2017: Day three of ten in my video/blogging test phase.

All I know is that I had an idea for today’s blog/vlog, but after trying to flush it out, I didn’t have anything substantial. That’s how we landed here. Talking about forced creativity. I said in my first video that I thought it would be cool to see how my thoughts play out as I live them, so here we are. Welcome to day three, the day where creativity stopped. (for a little bit, I know what I want to make tomorrow) So why don’t I make tomorrow’s video today? I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel right to make it today when I’ve already set aside tomorrow to make it.

So let’s get back to today, shall we?

Do I think that trying to force creativity is good thing? I would say yes and no, only because I can easily see both sides. On one hand, forcing creativity could be seen as bad, because it doesn’t allow too much room to breathe, in the creative sense. If you’re pushing yourself to make something everyday, for a span of 10 days, if you don’t have a super solid plan to make something, then whatever you end up putting your time into would be a waste. To an extent that’s true, I can see how forcing yourself to make one thing can shift your focus from other projects that you would actually want to spend your time on and make quality content.

But on the other hand, I feel like if you put the pressure on yourself to create something new everyday, it allows you to expand your creative horizons but pushing yourself to  make. And of course, not everything you make would be perfect, or even close to the ideal of what you want to make. But I would say that it’s a step in the right direction. It’s good practice for when you put a larger portion of your time into other projects.

Plus, the act of creating something, and get some form of return on your time, is waaaay better than doing nothing at all. Producing absolutely no content is death for creativity.

The way to remedy that is to push yourself to create everyday, so that’s what I’m doing. I understand that not everything will be up to par with what I want, but that’s exactly what I want. I’m a scientist. Everyone is. Life is just a series of tests, trials and errors. Lots and lots of errors. The more we make, the more we learn, but if we don’t conduct any experiments in the first place, then we kill any opportunity to make mistakes.

So that’s why I’m doing this. I know where I want to be, eventually making money off of this blog and my YouTube channel, and my podcast, but the only way I can get there is by starting.

The third day’s the charm, right? Let’s make today count. I’ll see you in the next one.


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