Creative Process: Go With the Flow

13 Feb

There are certain aspects of Lolita’s morning which are fairly predictable. She will take Deuce for his morning jaunt, that’s for sure. And during this Composer and Muse quality time she is full of ideas about her work, thinking the big thoughts, laying the plans, both broad and specific.

Then of course, she sits down at her worktable and commences those blessed few hours of generally clear-eyed productivity before hitting the road for her day job.

But here insert the well-known addage: “the best-laid plans of mice and men . . . seldom . . . (how’s the rest of that go?) but you get the idea.

Lolita gets involved in something she expected would be a 5-minute prelude to her main activity for the morning. And of course that prelude becomes the morning’s 2-hour, 3-movement symphony!

In conversation with Lizard King last night, she was complaining about this phenomenon, this inevitable miscalculation of priorities and time required for her various creative to-do’s. And of course, in true Lizard King fashion, he counseled Lolita not to sweat it, to go with the flow. He assured her that all her planning, her big and little picture thinking was not wasted, but in fact brought her to an inevitable focus for the morning’s work.

Lizard King’s point was that if the juices are flowing, if you are being productive, if you feel that drive, you are in the right creative zone – regardless if it is the zone you intended or expected to be in that morning. Lolita suspects you figured this one out a while ago, but she always figures it is good to share – also a nice part of the creative process!

spark on!


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