"[Creativity is] like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights but you can make the whole trip that way."
-- E. L. Doctorow
"The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way."
-- Eric Hoffer
"Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth."
-- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon
These three quotes are taped to my bulletin board at work. They help to keep me sane. Honestly, I've never read anything by the people I'm quoting. Never even heard of them until I was given a "Creative Voices" days-of-the-week calender by a favorite former boss. But their words ring true, at least for me.
I never know how a project is going to end up. I can storyboard it, spend hours and days pre-producing it, but when I sit down to edit, something takes over. Creativity, I guess. I'm sitting at the machine, and an instinct takes over. It drives me until I'm finished editing. But, I never really know what it's gonna look like until its done. I'll make the trip, but I don't know the roads. There are a few road bumps or higher ups telling me to turn right or left. And that's ok; the destination is the same.
Sometimes, the best way to get where you're going is not to know the way...