Creativity Tips: Work on What You Want and Don’t Force it.

Tim Cox
Tim Cox
Sep 24, 2018 · 3 min read
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You’re at the perfect age to create and the act of creating is the thing that’s the best.

I used to look up my genius heroes of creation on Wikipedia and see when they got their big break. This is a depressing exercise. Everyone will be young and awesome and get tons of fame and then die of the plague or kill themselves.

But it’s not about that. It’s not about who notices or how much money you get from it or how many people stop you on the street and ask for a selfie or how many trips you can go on or how many rooms you have in your apartment.

Protect the ability to work on what you want to work on.

Creating things for money means you must prioritize creating things that make you money. Even if you make money from the things you create, have other things you can create that won’t make you money and work on those too. Prioritize those until you just HAVE TO create the thing that makes you money but even then not for the money but for the love of it.

Get filled up by God and then overflow into your projects. Overflowing into projects means you just have to create something. Have a menu of options of things you can create and then go for it until you don’t feel like going for it on that particular project. Maybe go just a little further than you want to and see how it feels, then switch to something else.

Study Kung Fu. Particularly blocking. Kung Fu blocks are the best blocks.

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In other martial arts, you must block a blow really hard and far away from your body and yell really loud. In Kung Fu, you must block with the least amount of energy and immediately move in for your own strike or throat punch or shin scrape. Imagine Keanu Reeves throws a punch at your face with his right fist. In Karate you would both move your head to your right and then push his strike away to the left with your right arm across body and yell HAAAAAA in his face spraying him with your spittle.

In Kung Fu, Keanu throws the punch and you would step forward with your right foot keeping your left foot in place, reducing your body imprint, and move your right hand up to your cheek and direct Keanu’s beautifully adorned fist just past your cheek. You could even blow him a kiss and then direct your straightened left spear palm into his esophagus.

In both simulations, you didn’t get punched in the face by Keanu Reeves. In the second situation you used minimal effort to achieve the better results. You were positioned to strike. You turned his turn into your turn.

Just don’t force it.

I can totally not feel like writing for two years. That’s fine. I could not create things for a long time. That’s fine too. Consider those periods of rest and input and learning and maturing. You need those times too.

Resting helps you create better things. Please rest regularly.

When creating the beautiful and life-giving stuff that you’re going to create, you must spend all of your effort in the creation and editing process and spend the least amount possible motivating yourself or forcing things. Just don’t force it. Life is too short to eek out something. Spend time with your kids. Call you mother. Text someone that you love them. Rest.

Tim Cox

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Reading and writing poetry and fiction. I am hungry for your feedback. I’m also hungry because I’m a vegetarian.