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The creative process can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. How do we keep the momentum to see a project through to completion?

I know for me, my biggest problem is focus. Once I get going and into a state of “flow” (see my blog post on this here) then all is well – until I’m interrupted.

And it’s not just interruptions from other people – once I get immersed in the creative process, ideas start popping into my head for further avenues of enquiry! Creativity breeds creativity – just like dry spells create an inertia, making it very hard to start.

Another frustration – if I don’t record those flashes of inspiration, or act on them in some way fairly quickly, they can disappear like the morning mist. It would be wonderful if creativity was a constant flow, running smoothly throughout life – but personally, I find it more a flood/drought situation.

And the silliest thing of all – just when I’m in touching distance of the end of a project, my brain thinks “OK, we’re done here” and moves on to the next thing. It can be excruciatingly hard to finish, even if all I need to do is stitch on one small bead.

My top tips

  • How do you know when it’s finished? When it stops speaking to you.
  • Still not sure? Leave it for a bit, and come back to it. It’ll then be finished, or you’ll know what to do.
  • Don’t overwork it. A painting is finished just before that last brushstroke. Textiles are slightly easier to rescue if you’ve gone too far, by unpicking – but this isn’t always possible.
  • When you think you’re reaching the end, slow down to watch out for that “finished” moment and avoid overworking.
  • Don’t slow down so much you stop – we all know how hard it is to find motivation to finish projects! How many UFOs do you have?

NB I freely admit I am not an expert on finishing!

Mentioned in this episode:

Gelli printing

Yeates Makes YouTube channel

Move! by Caroline Williams

Everything everywhere all at once

You can find Gina here


The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.

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