I consume a lot of learning content predominantly through podcasts, interviews, scholarly articles, news stories, topical research and documentaries. I enjoy learning, reading or listening to people’s stories, history and learning how things work. Roughly three years ago I was listening to a TED talk while folding my clothes. This is common practice for me as I run, cycle or do mundane house chores, using my time for learning rather than empty, mind numbing tasks.
I have looked for this exact talk and presenter many times but as it was on creativity there are hundreds of titles so unfortunately, I cannot link the exact talk and reference the lady presenting. If I do come across her work, I will be sure to add it to my article. I do however remember her point very clearly though.
The presenter detailed how creative people are easily able to do multiple projects at once, explaining the scientific process and how creative spans do not diminish if working on multiple creative projects simultaneously.
Interesting; you have my attention.
I tried it.
I had written most of A Decent Life 1 and had my idea where the sequel would head. Additionally, I began my work in progress of The Wolf in I, where I take the process of addiction and tie it into a werewolf character. At the same time, I began writing an Australian crime story and editing my first ever book, a historical fiction work titled Untamed Australia. I began working on each one of them simultaneously based on how I felt at the time, my mood, what I was dealing with or thoughts in my head. The outcomes are all great.
'The outcomes are all great.'
As of today, 30/11/2020, I have three titles completed, and I am currently working on four books simultaneously, with two others I have added ideas, plot points and scenes I will later write and publish. In short, it works and works well!
'It works and works well!'
The more I wrote the better I got at first drafts, editing, linking ideas and twisting plot lines. I was able to see clearly where character arcs should naturally head and how they’d cross each other in my stories. I do not ever see myself going back to single works in progress again.
For over a decade I was a chef. I have ran my own restaurant in an inner city hotel and held a Head Chef position at a resort in The Hunter Valley. I have filled senior roles in chef teams across Newcastle and The Hunter Valley, where, as a chef you are constantly creating, making, changing and modifying your skills, showcased through your menu and establishment.
When I look at my time and experience as a chef, coupled with the information presented in this TED talk it makes perfect sense to me now. Of course creativity isn’t limited or restricted, you aren’t going to run out or lose it, so instead now I push myself to see how much can I create, how many words can I write, and that mindset has changed a poverty mentality into success.
'How much can I create, how many words can I write, and that mindset has changed a poverty mentality into success.'