Kathy writes another lovely post titled: How to make something amazing, right now!
I would ask everyone to read the entire post and I am sure anyone who has been invovled in the act of being creative will appreciate the point she highlights in its. Couple of sites see mentions are http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and http://www.theshootoutboulder.com/ . These sites are for constrained novel writing (a month) and contrained film making (24 hours)! Some quotes from the post:
The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly…Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create.
Another quote she has from a constraint-driven cooking perspective, the Tastingmenu blog :
“Unlimited freedom in fact negates creativity and creates laziness. The lack of rules or constraints make it easy to be random… Freedom often kills focus.“
And from Marissa Ann Mayer’s BusinessWeek article Creativity Loves Constraints:
“Constraints shape and focus problems and provide clear challenges to overcome. Creativity thrives best when constrained.”
Finally she mentions how constraints should be balanced!
“But constraints must be balanced with a healthy disregard for the impossible. Too many curbs can lead to pessimism and despair. Disregarding the bounds of what we know or accept gives rise to ideas that are non-obvious, unconventional, or unexplored. The creativity realized in this balance between constraint and disregard for the impossible is fueled by passion and leads to revolutionary change.“
I have seen things one month movie and even a 24 hrs movie being taken in the Tamil Cinema. Brainstorming, prototyping and executing the idea fast under constrains – I feel keeps you on the edge and the adrenalin running.
The best Strategy to have a agile mind and an innovative company! However, you should not let the stress get to your head. The trick is in maintaining the balance!
A problem I am always challenged with due to my bipolar disorder too much freedom or free nature leads to boredom and hence depression; too much work leads to stress leading to mania. I gotta keep a continuous check on how and what I am doing 😀