ICYMI: Inspiration is not the first step

We tend to approach things in reverse when it comes to creativity. We think we have to be inspired first before we start working on something. We can’t sit down and start writing, for example, if we don’t know what our story or novel or essay is going to be about. So we try to figure out how to tap into inspiration, or we read articles about the habits of the most successful writers and listicles of the must-have tools that will make our efforts that much easier and that much more likely to succeed.

Meanwhile, we’re not writing, and we think we’re not very creative, either.

In case you missed it, this is something I wrote over on Medium in response to a prompt (yes, I still do prompts every so often [I enjoy them almost as much as I enjoy parentheticals]) about creativity and inspiration. The original prompt was: “What is your unique way of finding inspiration in everything around you? How do you see the world differently and how does this impact the way you are creative?” You can go read it over there, (and if you do, please click the little heart-shaped Recommend button if you found it at all worthwhile for you).