The creative process is like trying to start a fire with no matches, no torch — just us and the raw materials around us.
But what happens when the wood is wet?
Now, I know nothing about being a survivalist, including starting a fire but I saw a random email subject in my inbox that said “How To Start A Fire Even When The Wood Is Dry” and thought to myself:
“Hmm, the creative process is like that. Sometimes it’s like trying to start a fire when the ‘wood’ is wet.”
I did a few googles and I saw that in order to start a fire while the wood is wet, we have to use a sharp knife or axe to strip away as much of the wet wood as possible.
With regard to the creative process, what is the wet wood? It’s our consciousness steeped in distractions, procrastination, excuses, social media, the past, the present, etc.
And we have to do everything in our power to strip away these obstructions to get to the flammable parts of ourselves. The parts of ourselves that allow for us to ignite a creative flame.