96 - How to ensure a project winds up perfectly


Hello and welcome to the 96th episode of The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get what you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished.

I’m your host Tucker and this week is insight and inspiration and I'm going to tell you how to make sure your creative project turns out perfect. 

Never finish it. 

You know that feeling when an idea hits and you think "oh my gawd this is amazing. This is the greatest idea in the history of ideas."

That is when a project is perfect. That's when a project is angelic and golden. When the fairies of inspiration and the muses get together and sprinkle moonlight in it's golden hair and moonlight in your project’s sparkling eyes of blue. (Apparently creativity is built by The Carpenters) 

Now you start working on it and some pieces are awesome. Some pieces aren't quite what you wanted. As you are working you get high in some parts and feel talentless in other parts. You're having so much fun doing the project you never want it to end. 

So, you never end it. 

If mount that photo or frame the painting or write The End on your story you will see it as done and you will see what could be better. You'll see how it's different than the fairies promised.

But if you never finish it can be perfect forever. You can always remember back to to that moment of clarity when everything is ideal and beautiful. You can fix things later. You can touch-up the the reflections on another day. You can get back to a re-write and clean up that plot point on Thursday. 

It can stay perfect and golden for eternity.

But when you don’t finish it only you see it. You may see what needs work but you never actually work on it because you don’t actually want to finish it. If you don’t do the work you don’t get better. If you don’t get better you’ll feel stuck and stagnant and lose interest in it. You’ll get stuck in the perfect world that lives inside your head where the fairies bless you with glorious and golden ideas and dreams of wondrous projects. 

But when you finish it you still get to see the flaws but you know what to work on next time. You get to start something new and beautiful and take what you learned from your finished project and improve yourself. Then soon you have a long string of finished projects each better than the last.

When you finish it you get to show it to people. People get to tell you how it makes them feel. They get to tell you they are confused by it or completely get it. Even if what they ‘Get’ is completely different than what you intended. You get to build a finished pile that grows and grows. And you get all the ups and downs that go along with it and you get to look back and think "I can’t believe I did all that last year."

But if you lounge in the meadow of perfection you'll look back and think “I can’t believe that’s all I did last year."

Do you know someone who has been working the same project without finishing it for a little too long? It’d be great if you could send this episode to them. The easiest way to share is to send them the short url TheSparkAndTheArt.com/96. The hardest way is to use a shrink ray to smallify yourself and a one-man sub and inject both into your friends bloodstream and broadcast the episode with the outside speakers directly into their eardrum. 

I’m on twitter @sparkartpodcast so if you have any questions or suggestions for the hardest way to share a podcast episode you can get me there. 

Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark.