Creativity in all its forms, music, art, writing, whatever, seems to flow without rules. It is easy to assume that the piece’s creator randomly put things together in a whimsical way. The outcome mysteriously works.
An artist reminded me that there are rules that support great art. Anyone can call something art. Yet good and great art reflects mathematical relationships and nature’s rhythms. The clichés, as simple as they are, often fit the best pieces. A great artist makes it look easy. Less in art is more. Form follows function. Creativity uses discipline and process. Art is first and foremost for the artist.
In reviewing the work of others, there are times where I am at a loss for words. The work must remain with the individual. My role in critiquing is to help them express themselves more clearly. While my job is not to change their voice, it is to help clarify their voice in ways that make it easier for others to hear and see. The challenge I have lies in the fundamentals. When you skip the disciplines the results are less than what they can be! An old writer said this in a candidly blunt way; “This is the way the Master wants it. If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry.” (1 Corinthians 14.38)
Life reminds me that one should always do her/his homework. Winging it may be fun but it is unlikely to be a way to create something great.
For all of us, discipline is not optional. It is a requirement. One cannot run a race with confidence without training and preparation. One cannot write if they want others to understand without using the rules of grammar.
Expressions are seen through our actions. With credibility, our expressions are powerful, inspiring others to believe. Disciplines, knowledge, understanding, and using the relationships between these are foundation elements to being credible. Life offers us the chance to express ourselves. Each day is an invitation to do this credibly. We have the freedom and ability within us to do this.