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(Draft) Creative Methods Are a Distraction

I once heard from virtuoso bass guitarist Victor Wooten say, "[music] theory only comes in if there's a problem" This struck me as deeply true and not a very practical way to approach playing music, but also just creating more generally. It also touches on a problem that I struggled with for most of my life which I believe most others experience at well.


My mind/body has long been plagued by a tendency to place extreme emphasis on the conceptual process and the technical considerations when attempting to create something. I've found that this only ever leads one of two places: 1. failure, disillusionment, and/or not even starting in the first place, or 2. some sort of end product, but one which feels tense, exhausted, and uninspired.


More recently, I have made the intention to abandon these habits, and have observed them fall away rapidly over the past few years as I become more aware of them. Consequently, I have begun to actually enjoy some of my work, and even achieve ecstatic state of consciousness at times while engaged in the act of creation.


What I've learned to be true through this, which is continually re-affirmed to me on a daily basis, is that the only thing you need to do to improve your creativity and creative output is stop getting in your own way. You body and mind will do the rest naturally. To some this may seem counterintuitive, but humans are an outgrowth of the natural world, and the natural world is perpetually creating and reinventing. That is the way of nature.


It doesn't matter how you get there, as long as it works. There's no such thing as either a good or bad creative piece, only those that work and those that do not. Don't think about your process as you're doing it, and don't assess whether it's correct or not, just see, observe, whether or not it works. In other words, feel, don't think, and let the desirability of the


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