These are my personal truths related to my creative process. Ali Edwards
When I first read Ali's book Life Artist, the concept of developing my own creative manifesto was not really new to me. I do have things I say in my head over and over. I do tend to think a new project through before I begin, looking at the big picture. And sometimes looking at my own big picture helps me figure out whether I should even start a project, or commit it to my idea journal for later, or just abandon it altogether.
For example, I have been keeping scrapbooks off & on since 1978. Juliet was born in 1998 when the scrapbook industry was just getting revved up, so I knew it was time to take a step back and look at my intentions before I got in over my head. Why did I want to spend my time on scrapbooks? I put all my ideas on the table, and gave myself a fresh set of parameters.
A few weeks ago my head was getting so crowded with these very thoughts that I decided it was time to write down my creative manifesto. I tried to distill those things I say over and over into some basic belief statements; so far I have six, but I am open to this being a work in progress (and to not taking myself too seriously).
I love to create. I had to start here with that simple statement, since it drives all the rest. I like making things. I am most alive when I'm in my creative world -- thinking about a new project, planning it, making it, cherishing it.