Yummy had a great blog post yesterday (you can read it here if you missed it) with some of her thoughts about spending more time on ‘creative thinking’ when creating shows and routines.
The article made me stop and think about how I create routines. For the most part, I do create in isolation. I spend time listening to music, shopping for costumes, and trying out new dances – sometimes because I need something in particular, many times because I am looking for inspiration. But it is generally a solitary pursuit. It’s just not that entertaining to spend time with someone who is working on choreography, or designing movers, or trying to find ‘the’ costume for a number.
I was also struck by the notion that creation is, in essence, embarrassing. Why? Because you fail many times before you succeed. For example, I don’t know anyone who is happy with their choreography the very first time. It requires a lot of ‘tweaking,’ and sometimes, a complete re-do. And nobody likes to show off their failures.
After seeing The Night Theater’s Halloween show, I too, was thinking, “What can I do to be more creative?” I’m going to try some of the ideas Yummy mentioned in her article. The first one is to ‘increase your knowledge in the subject area.’ I’ve learned a lot in my time in SL, but I certainly can always learn more. I take classes at Builder’s Brewery when my time permits (or when my overloaded brain actually remembers there’s a class I should go to!). I’m reading/following lots of other bloggers who blog about various topics in SL, even those super-technical ones that I don’t understand completely. 😛 And I try to learn whatever I can from others in the dance community. Sometimes a simple question can lead me in an entirely new direction.
I love the idea of a ‘brainstorming’ session – but one that is held somewhere other than a venue or rehearsal space. Wouldn’t it be fun to gather together and meet someplace new/different and bounce ideas off of each other? Who knows what might happen? I am going to try this idea out, as well. An important piece of this is that the session needs to be as ‘judgement free’ as possible. Maybe someone will propose an idea that you think will never work. Instead of shooting it down, go with it. Again, who knows where you’ll end up?
The last idea was one that I have pondered before. Sometimes it happens that one person in a group ends up the ‘leader’ of the group – leading the discussion, organizing/coordinating, etc. While often that is necessary, sometimes it really stifles creativity. And if you have a ‘leader’ like that, sometimes the quieter people have a difficult time speaking up or making their voices heard. If you have some people like that in your own circle, try to draw them out. Who knows what sleeping creativity lies beneath the quiet?
What about you? Do you create in isolation? Do you have someone (or several someones) who are ‘sounding boards’ for your ideas? How do you know when an idea is a good one?