Practicing Creativity

Creativity is organic

Creative processes that result in The Quality Without a Name maintain a state of coherence and wholeness as the project's shape evolves, gradually growing as though from a seed, rather than building from a pre-conceived master plan or assembling from pre-fabricated parts. The creative process mirrors the way living organisms grow through a cycles of development and stasis, adapting and maintaining the whole at each step.

"If you want to make a living flower, you don't build it physically, with tweezers, cell by cell. You grow it from the seed." The Timeless Way of Building

Sketch the whole first, Practice awareness of the whole, and Develop the whole together through incremental, structure-preserving transformations and adaptations. In contrast, a project developed from pre-fabricated parts, or in which some parts are developed in isolation or independent from others, is more likely to become fragmented and disjointed.

A creative project is always in medias res. The results of creativity have the characteristics of life—constant change, nebulosity, pattern.

"Move right along the way life does." John Gordon

"Creation is in a constant state of motion and we must move with it." –Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk

Creativity can be approached with intention, but like life and organic growth, it can't be pre-determined or completely accurately predicted. Often, the best we can do is to tend to a space, or move in a direction, and Watch what emerges. Living centers in an organic system "cannot be created from above directly; it can only be generated indirectly" through Bottom up emergence.

A work is never complete, but rather moves through regular cycles of expansive growth, stable rest, and reducing trimming. Creative projects have developmental cycles of maturity.

"No building is ever perfect." The Timeless Way of Building

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Sketch the whole first
Since Creativity is organic, and Morphogenetic creativity starts with wholeness, a key skill is to sketch the whole first

Repair and refactoring processes are creative
Because Creativity is organic, creative projects often need updates, maintenance, or repair along their lifespan just as living organisms need periods of rest and repair

These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery

Assemble, adapt, and arrange fragments
While Creativity is organic and Morphogenetic creativity starts with wholeness, it's impossible Maintain wholeness indefinitely

Practice awareness of the whole
For life to occur, everything is governed by the wholeness from which it came

About Practicing Creativity

These are my notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery. Everything you find here is in a perpetual draft state and much of it may not make sense. I hope these notes become clearer over time as I continue writing and updating them, although I hope they might be useful even in disarray.

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