by Cricket Desmarais
“A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure.”-ALBERT SZENT GYORGI
Let’s just dive right in, shall we? Among the other three essentials we’ve recently covered, in order to mind your money gap as a creative being, you must pay attention to the structure you’ve made in which to birth your work.
4. CREATE A FRAMEWORK.
In other words, make a structure out of actionable goals to help your creative project(s) move forward.
Painters must paint, writers must write, dancers must dance, musicians must play & sing, actors must practice their lines… yes, you know this.
But what is your method for making it happen? How do you make sure you attend to the growth of your creative darlings each day? What is the rhythm to your art-making? How much do you do, when do you do it & how often? What is the shape you long to make?
Today’s Essential is a tough one for many, & I am no exception. In fact, I’m STILL not happy with the framework I’ve created to get my work done. It needs some definite tweaking, some reshaping of the linear qualities I’ve thrust upon myself into something rounder, softer & more malleable. Something that honors the “feeling tones” a bit more.
The what? You heard me. The feeling tones. Because, despite the shitty boyfriend I once had who tried to convince me that feelings weren’t fact & could not once offer empathy, if you disregard how you feel & only heed what “makes sense,” your art will die. Logic, dear creatives, is most definitely not everything.
Which is what makes creating framework so tricky. It’s an integration of both sides of the brain, both of which need to cooperate in order to fully function.
So, how, exactly, do you create a framework? Again, there’s no right answer. You’ve got to PLAY a bit, check it out, try things on to see if you feel good in it. If it doesn’t light you up, dump it. If it feels like drudgery, let it go.
On the other hand, be leary of the lazy inner bullshitter, who wants to claim sparkle space along side those that have worked hard to be the creative high rollers that they are but is unwilling to do the work necessary to get there. The inner bullshitter has no patience, has no follow-through & especially hates modern technology.
My inner bullshitter is on fire these last couple of days. I am feeling ready to dump all that I’ve worked on these last three months because I want results, pronto. & I’m tired of spending so much time learning the technology of it all. My inner bullshitter is getting quite whiny & simply wants to write, make art, dance, play with my kids, & make & eat great food.
But my wiser side says HANG IN THERE. The shift within is working. Something will reveal itself.
& if it doesn’t, well then, I guess it’ll be time to regroup & rebuild.
If you feel resistance to form & structure, know that it’s natural for highly creative types, then allow yourself the opportunity to explore what a supportive form might feel like.
Start simple. Pick three things a day that make sense to your art form- using actionable task to drive you forward.
Write 1,000 words a day towards your novel. Read 5 pages of an acclaimed novel in the same genre & study their structure. Learn one new marketing tidbit a day to help propel the business end of things forward.
Try them on for three weeks-the length of time neuroscience says it takes for the brain to make something a habit. Then tune in. How are you feeling?
Stifled? Ho-hum? Get rid of that structure, pronto.
Or clear, free, & steamrolling ahead with a sense of gusto you’ve never known? You’re probably onto something.
See why it can be so tricky? You really need to tune in & see if your inner bullshitter is taking over & compromising the process. The inner bullshitter likes to tear down walls that are actually functional. They’ll knock out the base beams so the whole house falls down. & then you’ve got nothing left but rubble.
Let me know what you got & how it goes. I’ll be over here kicking up some dust while I move a few bricks around, thinking maybe the bamboo tree house I’ve been dreaming of for two decades might just really be what I need to be building.