Practicing Creativity

Record sketches, rough observations, and ideas in inboxes

Create a place where raw, unshaped ideas, observations, and sketches you want to revisit can go. Rather than grouping ideas by where you found them, place them in one inbox that you regularly revisit and process into more refined and shaped work.

This practice has three major benefits:

  1. Generation or collection of raw material—Creativity starts with raw material
  2. Tunes the senses toward presence and attention through frequent open-ended observation—Cultivate presence and attention
  3. Makes connections between distinct experiences or sources more visible


Make sure these inboxes are reviewed regularly, both to remove pieces that are no longer relevant or interesting and to process pieces into more durable and defined output.

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