Simple is always best

creative cultivation
It is very easy for ideas to grow in complexity. It is hard to keep them simple. Complexity creeps in without the author’s awareness!

In my post “Idea Incubator 19: Maintain Motivational Momentum,” I doubled up on the message, making one post that should have been two. The difference between my two categories, Idea Incubator and Cultivating Creativity is that the former is to be like a creativity-building workbook and the latter is my own exploration.

So I rerun my “Fuel Building Ideas” here to highlight. And I keep it also in “Idea Incubator 19” as a great example of making an idea less clear in an effort to be comprehensive.

The point is to share ideas for how I get ideas! Stoking my own battery is critical to keep messages simple—edited, crisp, concise. I hope that these ideas inspire your own techniques.

Creative Cultivation: fuel-building ideas from Liane

It is hard to sustain enthusiasm over a long-term project. Distraction tugs, other projects tempt, detours threaten. Harder than starting an initiative is staying with it to completion. The longer the project, the harder to achieve. Whatever time planned, a project will take double before completion.

Although I start a lot of initiatives, I take them to a level of testing their viability and then only pursue a small percentage. Knowing what resources large projects eat up, I am careful about commitment. But when I do embark, keeping enthusiasm is part of the process.

Using a number of fuel-building techniques, perhaps some of these will inspire your ability to keep passions alive through project development:

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Keep to a schedule and thus create habits.
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Plan and organize projects to pick up and put down.
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Use workbooks to plot and record progress.
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Collect quotations that inspire.
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Define style and build signature elements.
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Take a related field trip.
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Keep up with the work of others.
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Interview those that can instruct; keep questions handy.
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Take strategic breaks to gain a fresh perspective.
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Strategize how to handle barriers: go around, go under, climb over, burrow through, or detour.

Liane Sebastian, illustrator, designer, writer, and publishing pioneer

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