Your Permission Slip to Be Bad. Creativity And The Perfect Genetically Modified Tomatoes.
This early Monday morning I ran into a paragraph on a popular topic.
“To create we have to take the bad with the good. We’re bound to write bad paragraphs along with good ones. That’ s the eternal law. We can get rid of those bad paragraphs later on, but first we must write them. Otherwise we won’t write anything at all.
If we try to write only the good ones we are three-quarters of the way toward paralysis. The name that we have coined for this problem is “perfectionism.” How wonderful can our writing be if it is tied to the idea that only gems must emerge from our pen?” Eric Maisel
He compares those gems to piles of perfect genetically modified tomatoes in a supermarket, and asks us to take a cue from a bin of apricots, filled with perfect fruit, rock hard fruit and spotted leftovers. A real character builder.
When you expect only perfect – how can you really honor the creative process?
And would it still be called “creating”?
Who decides what is perfect?
What makes things perfect?
Who is judging?
Do the critics create themselves or are they just observers? What else is their problem?
Are things you consider perfect also perfect for others?
Are the things you love most, really perfect?
Can “perfect” ever be a part of artistic language?
These are some of the questions you can ask yourself when you are paralyzed, stuck, unhappy with the process. There is also a different side of being stuck. If you have tried too many times the same thing and nothing worked, take a break and think, how can you do things a bit differently? When we are too close to our work we may be forcing a gate with 7 massive locks, while few steps away there is a small opening in the wall, covered by ivy, but perfectly safe to traverse.