002: Diverge-Converge

Pilot Eps Jan 6, 2020

"We're back with Episode II"

Animated drawing of TV broadcast person standing in front of screen that says 'Episode 2'

This includes:

  • Some things that scare me
  • A diagram of (part of) the creative process

Since last week  

When I hit 'publish' last Monday, it felt great.

30 seconds later, that was replaced by embarrassment and fear: Did I just commit publicly to something I can't deliver on?

Looping GIF of GOB Bluth saying "I've made a huge mistake"

I'd been so busy choosing color palettes and designing a website, I hadn't actually made anything else. The reality of the work ahead set in.

Luckily, someone replied with a reminder:
The hardest part of anything is getting started.  

You'll probably change the house you're building about a thousand times - just lay a few bricks down and see where it goes."

One step in front of the other.

Some common barriers

What seems to derail creative endeavors?
An incomplete list of obstacles:  

A long vertical series of drawings of words: "procrastination, insecurity, criticism, self-doubt, disapproval" etc.

The (ego) obstacles are real.
I encounter them often.  

Then, there are the process risks: One of them is getting stuck trying to create and analyze simultaneously.

Animated graphic of double-diamond with "converge" and "diverge" overlayed on top

You may have seen some version of this concept before (credits: systems scientist Béla Bánáthy, British Design Council).

To me, it means that generating ideas and refining / executing concepts are separate stages. People can't do both effectively at once.

This is why brainstorming aims to generate huge quantities first (deferring assessment of quality). That's the theory, at least. For me, it looks like:  

Drawing of double-diamond graphic with messy scribbles on top
Theory vs Reality ☝️

If people like certain things here, it might signal I should make more. If you think other posts are boring, that's good to know. Feedback helps.  

Along the way, I'll try to test and learn.

How do you move through creative fear?

When do you generate ideas vs. evaluate options?

A drawing of a mailbox with a letter inside

See you next week 👋