It’s like some sort of rampant plague, creatives spending all their time talking about all the awesome ideas they have. Telling anyone who will listen how they are going to make the next great masterpiece.
I’m just as guilty as the next person. Far too often have I blabbed about projects, more accurately just ideas for projects, and got wrapped up in talking about it. The problem is, when I’m wrapped up talking about what I’m GOING to do it means that I haven’t actually DONE anything.
That’s a problem.
It’s a crutch that we ALL fall back on too often.
As we spend all of that time talking about our plans and ideas, we are effectively using it as a distraction. It’s a way to APPEAR like you’re really working hard. Sadly, it’s a way to trick YOURSELF into feeling like you are really putting in the work on your creative projects.
It’s a lie.
Simply a distraction.
A great excuse to appear busy at work while actually not doing a damn thing.
See, it’s only when we roll up our sleeves, shut our mouths, and just take the first steps in actually DOING the work that we are creating ANYTHING.
We, myself included, will do a LOT of shit to avoid having to actually get to work and face our truth. It’s an element of fear and avoidance. We fall in love with the IDEA of doing something great, but we are secretly terrified that IF we actually do it our truth, our idea, might actually suck.
Want to be a photographer shooting that amazing photo essay/documentary project about homeless squirrels in your neighborhood? Great. Shoot it. Do the work. But don’t get stuck in the trap of talking about all the amazing stuff you are GOING to do with the project. Don’t let your fear of “What if I do this and it just sucks or worse what if I find out that I’M the one that sucks as a documentary photographer?” stop you.
You won’t know how it turns out until you just get busy doing it.
As Elvis once said ” A little less conversation, a little more action please”
David (Usually Dave) Szweduik is a photographer, podcaster, and all around geek from the great state of Minnesota and can be found weekly on his podcast Adventures in Creativity. There you’ll find him having conversations fueled by curiosity around the amazing world of all things creativity. If you want even more terrific creativity based content, feel free to join the fun with the Newsletter!