You’re absolutely right. We all have an editor in our heads that is constantly trying to step in. There’s this great quote by Schiller that speaks to that:
“The ground for your complaint seems to me to lie in the constraint imposed by your reason upon your imagination… It seems a bad thing and detrimental to the creative work of the mind if Reason makes too close an examination of the ideas as they come pouring in —at the very gateway, as it were. Looked at in isolation, a thought may seem very trivial or very fantastic; but it may be made important by another thought that comes after it, and, in conjunction with other thoughts that may seem equally absurd, it may turn out to form a most effective link. Reason cannot form an opinion upon all this unless it retains the thought long enough to look at it in connection with the others. On the other hand, where there is a creative mind, Reason — so it seems to me— relaxes its watch upon the gates, and the ideas rush in pell-mell, and only then does it look them through and examines them in a mass.”
By the way, do you include in your creative process an inspiration stage? What do you do for inspiration? We created a tool that aims to address that need, Seenapse. It works through sharing mental associations. Would love to hear your thoughts on that.