Creativity in Process

Umbrella Pat here:

It's been rainy and cold, and I’m dragging myself through a final edit on the book due this week.  I’m sick and tired of the whole story at this point.  I’m dying to play with new ideas and new characters and I just want the old ones gone.

That's also kind of the way I feel about my kitchen’s current state of demolition.  Nothing like wrecking a kitchen while finishing a book!  It was quite satisfying when they were hauling out the cranky old stove and leaky dishwasher and the cabinets that threw plastic washers into my soup.  The project got a whole lot messier when they ripped out walls to remove the old tile.  But then they brought in all the pretty new cabinets…and things looked good.

But two weeks into eating out of a microwave and I’m ready to send this project to bed! The counter Kitchen_Day1_3 top hasn’t arrived. The new tile and appliances can’t be installed until the counter is in. My lovely pumpkin and yellow paint will no longer work with my new maple cabinets, so I need to find a whole new color scheme for the entire back of the house because we have an open floor plan. The antique bronze hardware I envisioned won’t work with anything, and I have to rethink the metal. It’s one lousy edit after another. I’m ready to get this over and go outside and play in my garden. Or redesign the master suite…

I love the creative process, but the details are a real pain! Does anyone else find themselves in this same boat?  Envisioning gorgeous sweaters but not finding the right wool or design?  Digging up the front yard but only producing a few dead plants?

Landscaping 006 Umm, did I mention that I just dug up the side yard? Those sick bushes aren't there any more. Destruction, gotta love it!

And as a side note, I've been writing a blog about how authors are paid over on my personal blog site http://patriciarice.blogspot.com/.  It's geared toward new writers but for anyone who ever wondered how authors are paid, you might skim through it.  It might give you new insight into why writers have a penchant for destruction!

30 thoughts on “Creativity in Process”

  1. Ideas are easy–it’s execution that’s hard. 🙂 This seems to be pretty much universal where creativity is involved, whether it’s writing a book or designing a garden.
    Destruction is also easy–that’s why the barbarians were always sweeping in and destroying civilization. They tended to leave rubble in their wake.
    You’re definitely on a universal theme here, Pat! Good Stuff, like new kitchens and good stories, requires a lot of work. But at least when they’re done, we can enjoy them for a good long time.
    Mary Jo, on a day too gray and damp for serious philosophizing
    Mary Jo

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  2. Ideas are easy–it’s execution that’s hard. 🙂 This seems to be pretty much universal where creativity is involved, whether it’s writing a book or designing a garden.
    Destruction is also easy–that’s why the barbarians were always sweeping in and destroying civilization. They tended to leave rubble in their wake.
    You’re definitely on a universal theme here, Pat! Good Stuff, like new kitchens and good stories, requires a lot of work. But at least when they’re done, we can enjoy them for a good long time.
    Mary Jo, on a day too gray and damp for serious philosophizing
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  3. Ideas are easy–it’s execution that’s hard. 🙂 This seems to be pretty much universal where creativity is involved, whether it’s writing a book or designing a garden.
    Destruction is also easy–that’s why the barbarians were always sweeping in and destroying civilization. They tended to leave rubble in their wake.
    You’re definitely on a universal theme here, Pat! Good Stuff, like new kitchens and good stories, requires a lot of work. But at least when they’re done, we can enjoy them for a good long time.
    Mary Jo, on a day too gray and damp for serious philosophizing
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  4. Ideas are easy–it’s execution that’s hard. 🙂 This seems to be pretty much universal where creativity is involved, whether it’s writing a book or designing a garden.
    Destruction is also easy–that’s why the barbarians were always sweeping in and destroying civilization. They tended to leave rubble in their wake.
    You’re definitely on a universal theme here, Pat! Good Stuff, like new kitchens and good stories, requires a lot of work. But at least when they’re done, we can enjoy them for a good long time.
    Mary Jo, on a day too gray and damp for serious philosophizing
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  5. Ideas are easy–it’s execution that’s hard. 🙂 This seems to be pretty much universal where creativity is involved, whether it’s writing a book or designing a garden.
    Destruction is also easy–that’s why the barbarians were always sweeping in and destroying civilization. They tended to leave rubble in their wake.
    You’re definitely on a universal theme here, Pat! Good Stuff, like new kitchens and good stories, requires a lot of work. But at least when they’re done, we can enjoy them for a good long time.
    Mary Jo, on a day too gray and damp for serious philosophizing
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  6. Hi Prof Pat —
    Your post, today, along with the “Mony Matters” posts on your blog have put me in mind of my favorite all-time quote.
    “…having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” –Mr. Spock (Amok Time)
    Nina

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  7. Hi Prof Pat —
    Your post, today, along with the “Mony Matters” posts on your blog have put me in mind of my favorite all-time quote.
    “…having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” –Mr. Spock (Amok Time)
    Nina

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  8. Hi Prof Pat —
    Your post, today, along with the “Mony Matters” posts on your blog have put me in mind of my favorite all-time quote.
    “…having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” –Mr. Spock (Amok Time)
    Nina

    Reply
  9. Hi Prof Pat —
    Your post, today, along with the “Mony Matters” posts on your blog have put me in mind of my favorite all-time quote.
    “…having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” –Mr. Spock (Amok Time)
    Nina

    Reply
  10. Hi Prof Pat —
    Your post, today, along with the “Mony Matters” posts on your blog have put me in mind of my favorite all-time quote.
    “…having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.” –Mr. Spock (Amok Time)
    Nina

    Reply
  11. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Pat! Behold me amazed and impressed that you can even *contemplate* kitchen renovations while you’re finishing a book. For me, at that stage, there is nothing else but the book, and to have something interrupting/interfering with that would drive me bonkers.
    But after the book is gone, a new kitchen.. oh bliss. And what about soft greens for the new color scheme?

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  12. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Pat! Behold me amazed and impressed that you can even *contemplate* kitchen renovations while you’re finishing a book. For me, at that stage, there is nothing else but the book, and to have something interrupting/interfering with that would drive me bonkers.
    But after the book is gone, a new kitchen.. oh bliss. And what about soft greens for the new color scheme?

    Reply
  13. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Pat! Behold me amazed and impressed that you can even *contemplate* kitchen renovations while you’re finishing a book. For me, at that stage, there is nothing else but the book, and to have something interrupting/interfering with that would drive me bonkers.
    But after the book is gone, a new kitchen.. oh bliss. And what about soft greens for the new color scheme?

    Reply
  14. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Pat! Behold me amazed and impressed that you can even *contemplate* kitchen renovations while you’re finishing a book. For me, at that stage, there is nothing else but the book, and to have something interrupting/interfering with that would drive me bonkers.
    But after the book is gone, a new kitchen.. oh bliss. And what about soft greens for the new color scheme?

    Reply
  15. You’re a better woman than I am, Gunga Pat! Behold me amazed and impressed that you can even *contemplate* kitchen renovations while you’re finishing a book. For me, at that stage, there is nothing else but the book, and to have something interrupting/interfering with that would drive me bonkers.
    But after the book is gone, a new kitchen.. oh bliss. And what about soft greens for the new color scheme?

    Reply
  16. Greens would probably work beautifully, except I’ve been using soft blues as accents elsewhere and don’t know if I can make the whole harmonize.
    And my book process is backward from everyone else’s. I do the hair-pulling stuff early on. Now I’m just down to grinding my teeth and attempting to get everything into comprehensible order and give it a polish so I don’t look as if I’m mentally deranged. “G” Demolition is perfect for that stage. I want to kill the book and everything around me.

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  17. Greens would probably work beautifully, except I’ve been using soft blues as accents elsewhere and don’t know if I can make the whole harmonize.
    And my book process is backward from everyone else’s. I do the hair-pulling stuff early on. Now I’m just down to grinding my teeth and attempting to get everything into comprehensible order and give it a polish so I don’t look as if I’m mentally deranged. “G” Demolition is perfect for that stage. I want to kill the book and everything around me.

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  18. Greens would probably work beautifully, except I’ve been using soft blues as accents elsewhere and don’t know if I can make the whole harmonize.
    And my book process is backward from everyone else’s. I do the hair-pulling stuff early on. Now I’m just down to grinding my teeth and attempting to get everything into comprehensible order and give it a polish so I don’t look as if I’m mentally deranged. “G” Demolition is perfect for that stage. I want to kill the book and everything around me.

    Reply
  19. Greens would probably work beautifully, except I’ve been using soft blues as accents elsewhere and don’t know if I can make the whole harmonize.
    And my book process is backward from everyone else’s. I do the hair-pulling stuff early on. Now I’m just down to grinding my teeth and attempting to get everything into comprehensible order and give it a polish so I don’t look as if I’m mentally deranged. “G” Demolition is perfect for that stage. I want to kill the book and everything around me.

    Reply
  20. Greens would probably work beautifully, except I’ve been using soft blues as accents elsewhere and don’t know if I can make the whole harmonize.
    And my book process is backward from everyone else’s. I do the hair-pulling stuff early on. Now I’m just down to grinding my teeth and attempting to get everything into comprehensible order and give it a polish so I don’t look as if I’m mentally deranged. “G” Demolition is perfect for that stage. I want to kill the book and everything around me.

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  21. Details are rough, but how I love them! One of the best parts of reading is a description so real you’re almost part of it. Add in great dialog and character, and you know why we love books.

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  22. Details are rough, but how I love them! One of the best parts of reading is a description so real you’re almost part of it. Add in great dialog and character, and you know why we love books.

    Reply
  23. Details are rough, but how I love them! One of the best parts of reading is a description so real you’re almost part of it. Add in great dialog and character, and you know why we love books.

    Reply
  24. Details are rough, but how I love them! One of the best parts of reading is a description so real you’re almost part of it. Add in great dialog and character, and you know why we love books.

    Reply
  25. Details are rough, but how I love them! One of the best parts of reading is a description so real you’re almost part of it. Add in great dialog and character, and you know why we love books.

    Reply

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