Friday, July 08, 2011

Perfectionism vs Creativity

Perfectionism is the enemy of creativity. I mean, it's good to have high standards and be able to criticize your work, but it's no use being critical when you're in the midst of writing. I wonder if it makes sense to have two hats. The blue hat is the one you wear while being creative. While wearing it, you are free to express whatever you want, however silly, crazy, or useless it may end up being to your project's end goal. The red hat is the one you wear while editing. While wearing it, you are a grammar dictator, a counterpoint fiend, an expert surveyor of the latest market trends, and the harshest devil's advocate. The catch is, you can't wear both hats at the same time. In fact, the other hat can't even be in the same room.


Scott said...

I prefer to have both hats on a kind of rotating mobile above my head, and switch every few minutes, unless one hat is working particularly well, in which case I leave it on until the momentum goes away. Definitely can't wear both hats at once, but I like to switch them at a rapid-fire pace.

Pam said...

Thanks for that input, Scott. It means a lot coming from such a good composer! That makes a lot of sense.