So here is my first post of the year. I would like this to be a journal of my creative adventure. So I will be recording thought processes, what works and what doesn't and any tips and techniques that I pick up along the way.
I mentioned JFDI in yesterday's post. This is something that has been around for a long time. It is a side-swipe at the many software development processes which are usually known by their acronyms. Like SSADM (Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method) which is a weighty process and generated reams of documentation. But by using this term, I am making the point that if you wish to be creative then you need to get on with it. Stop thinking about it. Stop putting it off for reasons which are just excuses. Accept you will find problems you don't expect, but be prepared to deal with them. Accept your life will be different. Not as much free time, maybe. Quite probably not as much money. Progress will not be a quantum leap (unless you are phenomenally good, or lucky). Uncertainty will be a way of life.
These are all issues and obstacles, real and imaginary, that have affected me for decades. It is only because I have now reached a point in my life where I feel I have no choice but to make this leap. I hope this does not sound too desperate. I was planning to spend a lot of time being creative, but starting in maybe a few years time. But the events of last year, both at work and in the world, have told me to do it now. Later often becomes never.
So, you need to make a decision and a commitment. If you feel the need to make the leap then you might find The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron helpful. I am not a big fan of self help books - and this book does talk a lot about Spirituality and God - you might find it helpful to substitute The Force instead. But she makes a lot of sense. She also talks from experience. Even if you don't do the exercises you may encounter stories that echo and explain your experiences.
If you are up for it then let's get started.....