creative cycle: endgame headfakes

21 Sep

Sometimes the forward wants to make you think he is dribbling left when he intends to dribble right.  so he throws his eyes and head left to fake you out and then passes you on the right.

Your project can do this to you as well – throw you a headfake.  It seems all elements are in balance.  You think all choices are sound and that the dramatic intent is being conveyed.  Then one morning, with the clarity of a particularly good cup of coffee, you discover that you have fallen too in love with your almost finished project.  The light at the end of the dark tunnel, which has given you some hope, is blinding you.

In fact – more balancing is needed, more attention to choices – more refinement of sounds or other details.  As difficult as it may be towards the end of long, challenging project, we must turn our back to the light, step back into the dark part of the creative tunnel.

The elation we can feel when we see our project’s endgame can cloud our creative judgment.  We can be a bit too forgiving of unresolved deficiencies in the work.  Although that sense of reaching conclusion gives us hope, a sense of achievement or achievement soon, it may be helpful to remember that some of your most vital moments as an artist are during the wrestling, during the walk in the dark, during the conceiving and problem solving.  Being mindful of this may allow us to be somewhat more patient with the adjustments, re-works, fine tuning and polishing that takes time and energy like any other earlier phase of the work.

Our dear Lolita says that when her concluding project throws her a headfake, she throws a headfake right back.  She allows herself the feelings of elation, of hope, but she wisely wraps a sizable portion of her heart and mind in a calming warm blanket, bracing herself for just a bit more wrestling in the dark.

You are a master of light and dark.  You have found the balance which keeps you marching steadily towards a great conclusion to your project.

Spark on.


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