If you’re just joining us, this is my series on turning an idea into a creative reality
You need a plan.
Ahem, before anyone of you anti-planners walk away, hear me out: All of us can throw items into boxes.
“Boxes?” I hear you say.
Envision a series of four cubby holes.
Your idea, even after the first two steps in this series, is still only a sketch or a summary…the essence of a great whole.
I’ll use composing a song as an example for how to use the cubby holes:
1. What will you do first?
If you write your lyrics first, throw a pen and pad of paper, plus any words or themes you want to use into your first box.
2. What needs to happen next?
After the lyrics, you might compose the main melody. Put in your instrument and sheet music.
3. After these stages, what then?
Do you need to record yourself so you can listen to your work? Should you perform your work-in-progress for a friend to elicit feedback? Slide in an audio recorder and your friend’s email address.
4. What does a final polish look like?
Will you enter your song in a musical competition or perform it at an open mic? Find a time and date for the performance and stick the deadline into your last box. Nothing hones your focus like a finish-line.
Whether you make this cubby hole method is mental or physical, the visualization of your project’s stages will give you a strong foundation for making your idea tangible.
And I want your dreams to see the light!
Did you enjoy the Birth of Dreams series? How did it help you? Would you like to see more like these on another subject?