When you use drawing to express an idea instead of words or numbers, you engage a different part of the brain. To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that even the most precise language can overlook. The result of making that series of small decisions? You’re able to get to novel solutions more quickly.
Visual thinking isn’t limited to illustrations, either. It can take many forms…[to] help explore and describe ideas in valuable ways that require little more than a few straight lines and some imagination.
So, next time you reach an impasse, pull out a sketchpad or saddle up to a white board and quiet that inner voice that says you can’t draw. You may end up seeing your way through.
If you’ve never experienced a discussion of metal’s sub-generic classifications, you might be surprised to learn how fragmented these sub-genres can be, which in turn can lead to wildly over-thought classification schemes (e.g., I recently argued with a friend for an hour about whether Poland’s Decapitated is “ultra-technical death metal” or simply “modern math metal”).
What’s more likely the case is that you just don’t care, which is precisely the point.
Subcultures of alienation thrive on being alien, at least in comparison with the larger population (even if they demonstrate a remarkable uniformity within their own tribe [think black concert T-shirts and long hair on men]).
At the center of all this tribalism is freedom from convention (well, those not imposed by the tribe, at least) and a constant opportunity for cathartic expression.
And these are the very roots of creativity.
O.K., and now to explain how it’s done. Well, it’s a little like trying to hit a bottle cap with a wire coat hanger.
Every day a songwriter rows out into the deep waters in search of his own personal Loch Ness monster. (Just a matter of time, we insist.)
Being a weary subscriber to the old inspiration-perspiration theory, I must say that minus the former, you’ll hit a sweaty dead end every time, yet without this purging of what I call “brain vomit,” you’ll never drain the 99 pieces of hooey before one of pure inspiration writes itself for you.
“It is the artist’s responsibility to balance mystical communication and the labour of creation.” Lessons for creatives from Patti Smith.
“Often stepping back you see more, don’t you?” Lessons for creatives from David Hockney.
“There is no ‘properly.’ There’s just how you feel about it.” Lessons for creatives from Keith Richards.
“Being self-conscious doesn’t help you at all when you’re alone and trying to create something new. It does nothing.” Lessons for creatives from Miranda July.
“It never occurred to me that I could be a showrunner and it never occurred to me that I could be a person who was on television.” Lessons for creatives from Lena Dunham.
“And what I did was turn that negative into a positive. I started embracing it like, “Yeah, I’m based.” I made it mine.” Lessons for creatives from the world’s best rappers.
When almost any fact, no matter how obscure, can be dug up within seconds through Google and Wikipedia, there is less value attached to the “mere” storage and retrieval of knowledge.
What becomes important is how you use it – the internet age rewards creativity.