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Why Is Creativity So Messy?

“The real creative heart is in the mess somewhere.”

– David Morrissey, actor. Played “The Governor” in “The Walking Dead”

A question popped up about why creative people tend to be messier than “uncreative” people.

First off, there is no such thing as an “uncreative person”. We are either more or less creative.

It depends mostly on the time and energy we give to the problem we’re trying to solve. Which, in essence, is what creativity is. Solving problems. Posed either by ourselves or others.

The variables are how useful the solution is (does it function well?) and how unique it is (is it different from what I’ve experienced before?).

This is a broad generalization but I’ve found that there’s a certain amount of “chaos” involved in the creative process.

Keith Haring?

The process be Haringesque!

That being said, you can still have a tremendous capacity to clean up after the work is done and have a very tidy and organized life outside your creative pursuits.

It’s probably due to the non-linear nature of creativity that it needs to get messy when you explore ideas and try stuff out.

If we just look at the way our brain tries out to create different wirings and connections between the ideas and concepts flying around in there it’s no wonder that our workspace matches it.

I’m not saying that you can’t be tidy in your process and keep a clean workspace but I think that the task lends itself quite nicely to that kind of environment.

What does your process and workspace look like before, during and after? Does it enhance the process?

Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.

Have a fantastic & ₢eative day!

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