Getting Comfortable within the Creative Process

bird.cafe1 I did not invent this; I found my way to it intuitively. And at the time, I named it process-oriented writing before I heard it had already been named. Ira Progoff, Ph.D., is one of the hallmark leaders in the development of process-oriented writing. And there have been many others who have taken this idea and run far and wide with it. This is part of my spiel on it–the one I wrote on my brochure when I was giving creative writing workshops.

“In a fast-paced, product-oriented society, process is equated with laboring. We want the prize and we want it now! We continually discover that once we achieve a particular goal, dissatisfaction sets in and we fixate on the next goal and the next. Understanding this, leads one to appreciate–PROCESS–which is the never-ending journey.  To be a writer of depth, it helps to engage your own process.”

We live in a society that is bent towards PRODUCT at all costs.  We want something complete.  Something SELLABLE.  Something desirable (to ourselves, our audience or our clients).  We think that we want these things above all else.

The creative spirit sees this goal-orientation differently than the popular norm. The creative spirit wants to re-create you as it potentially creates a product! In other words, the finished product is sort of a by-product of your own creative process.  While the creative spirit wants a commitment from you–that you are going to show up to the page, the canvas, the draft table, workbench or sewing machine, it also wants to break free from the requirements of a system that doesn’t truly elevate the intention of the creative spirit–that is, fostering your own growth.

Contemplate the flux and flow of your own creative process over the course of your life. When you were in process with a piece, were you excited?  Did you feel anticipation, anxiety even? Did you get stymied, stuck and have pitfalls that ultimately lead to breakthroughs?

Writing Prompt:
Choose a work in process which you’ve tucked away for sometime or a piece that you are presently working on.  Get quiet and present; reread what you’ve already written, at least some of it, and then enter into the energy of this piece. Continue from where you left off, following your flow with this piece. Write for at least thirty minutes.

Afterwards, notice what happens inside of you when you re-engage with and follow the flow of a piece?  Were there obstacles?  Was there ease?

Today, appreciate where you are at in your creative journey.


2 thoughts on “Getting Comfortable within the Creative Process

  1. Hi Christine,
    As a former stereotypical striver, one of my greatest challenges in the journey of awakening has been to allow myself to play with writing and painting with no expectations. It was definitely a process of many years to get to this place. Journaling is my key to staying balanced in all areas of my life. When I find myself stressing over self imposed deadlines, comparisons with the online community, or simply illusional time restraints of the aged…I write it out. I can say now that it is truly a delight to watch life unfold each day. I feel so much more open to all of the magic of the universe now that there is no “end goal”. Yes, I’m working on projects that “may” turn into some kind of product…someday…but I am not stuck on this idea. I write and paint for me. When it is time to shift, change, or drop my current passions, I’ll be ready. It’s lovely to be able to share in such important topics with you.


    • Thank you, Teresa, for sharing your hard-earned insights! Writing and painting has been for my own self-discovery first; and when I overflow with enthusiasm, then I want to share what I discover. Here’s to the “magic of the universe” which is always there, though not always noticed. I agree–I thoroughly enjoy a stimulating conversation about creativity (and life). Enjoy.


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