The Inevitable Stages of The Creative Process

There’s a reason why this tweet by director/writer/filmmaker Marcus Romer got so much attention. It describes the stages of the creative process so succinctly.

The Creative Process

1. This is awesome
2. This is tricky
3. This is shit
4. I am shit
5. This might be ok
6. This is awesome

I’m working on some new music and I’m hovering somewhere between #3 and #4 right now. Even though I’ve gone through this process so many times before, it’s still painful to be in the middle. Not much to do but to keep on slogging through.

I do have one go-to source to help me navigate through the middle of the process: Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit. Instead of banging my head against the wall when I feel like the thing I’m working on is going nowhere, I take a break and read this book.


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