More often than not, the hardest part of finishing the project isn’t starting, it’s actually putting in the work every day. While starting can be intimidating, it’s the knowledge of knowing that there’s a huge mountain of stuff that has to happen before the project is completed.
I’m currently working on a project that always seems a bit hard to start. I’ve built a stigma in my mind that kind of repels me from starting, because I know the magnitude of the project. It’s going to take a lot of work, commitment and determination to finish it.
I can handle the work, it’s the other two that aren’t my strong suits. Commitment and determination mean that every day I’ll have to work on the same thing. This isn’t very appealing to someone who likes to work on a different project every day.
Today I had a bit of a revelation, a breakthrough on how creativity works. I realized today that once I actually got started and immersed in working with the creative elements of the project, the work is actually really fun and enjoyable. Many people much smarter than me have said that diligence and creativity sometimes just has to be prodded. Writers who don’t want to write sit down and start writing anyway, even if it’s rubbish, to just get started. Eventually the writing starts to improve and the creativity kicks in.
It’s just a matter of getting past the “creative hump”, or that place where you aren’t feeling very imaginative, but you have to be anyway.
Sometimes the only way to get by the hump is to power through and start anyway. It isn’t sexy, it isn’t exciting, but it works.
Photo by Andy Hay.