The white room

How do you feel at the beginning of the creative process?

Does the beginning of the creative process strike fear in you? Or excitement about what lies ahead?

In her essay turned book, The Crossroads of Should and Must, painter Elle Luna talks about her recurring dream of a white room. Similarly, choreographer Twyla Tharp mentions a white room in her book, The Creative Habit. In both cases, the white room represents a studio.

But all of us regularly engage with a white room. That room could be a blank piece of paper, an empty canvas or even a pristine whiteboard.

Any new project is filled with ambiguity, excitement, nervousness and sometimes fear but how we engage with the unknown is the defining characteristic of creativity.

Where is your white room? More importantly, what do you decide to do once you’re there?

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