Just Write & Brainstorming

“Dismissing an idea is so easy… The hard thing to do is protect it,

think about it, let it marinate, explore it,

riff on it, and try it.” – Jason Fried

The above quote is from THIS Medium article (it’s a super quick read and awesome, I suggest taking a moment to read it). I absolutely love it. It has so many implications into creative work. It makes me immediately think of the first week of the SketchPAD show process where people bring first drafts of sketches or ideas (or even pieces of ideas). So often, a writer will present and immediately start dismissing it before anyone else has a chance to respond. This is a mistake. I can’t tell you how many times the group hears an idea and then sits in silence for a few seconds only to then erupt with layers to add to the original idea. It becomes a fast-paced mashup of creative genius very quickly. But, allowing it that time to breathe is absolutely essential to the process. Not all feedback works in the context of what the original idea is going for, but eventually, as enough time (and other thoughts are thrown around) passes we get to a point where what started as something simple as become a living breathing sketch.

Then, you just have to write it.

Which brings me to another quick blog article (again, super quick read, that I would suggest you check out) that I also enjoyed.

“The first draft is always perfect. perfect.

Its only job is to exist. Like minerals. Like dirt. Like air. It just needs to be.

All a first draft need be is an idea borne into reality.

A first draft is something made tangible from nothing –

its only purpose is to pierce the space between your thoughts

and the reality we all share.” – Casey

Again. So, many implications into creative work, sketch comedy, whatever you are doing with your life. Just do IT. Just write it. How many projects are never finished because they simply weren’t started? “Hey wouldn’t it be cool if…” is NOT the same as JUST WRITING IT.

In sketch comedy, once those ideas start flying, and you take a bunch of notes. The goal should be simple. Just write the first draft.

BTW, both of these articles were presented to me by subscribing to Austin Kleon’s Newsletter. Every week he sends out a newsletter and it’s really inspiring each week. My last suggestion (in this post) is to subscribe to his newsletter and if you haven’t already, read his fantastic books.

Keep creating. Keep writing.

(or Start creating. Start writing)

-Jason

STL SketchPAD

PS – I get absolutely no monetary value, rewards,  or fame from any of these posts or the newsletter. I don’t know these people personally, but I was inspired by their work and wanted to give them full credit and due. I hope it adds value to your life in some way.

(photo courtesy austinkleon.com)