Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Did you know you have an IQ of 1000?

Some times writers have the opposite of writer's block - the creative torrent.

Begin by realizing the creative faculty has no temporal ability - it can't tell time. 

It can only tell stories.  It doesn't recognize the clock ticking.  And it can only tell stories in specific ways that aren't easy to comprehend at first.  

It is because of this writer's block does not exist.

What is really happening is the creative faculty is just working on the idea/problem you put to it for solving.

Questions like, 'what am I going to do in this scene? Where is the action leading the characters next?  What does this place I've never been to before look like, because my characters just parachuted into it?'  

What am I going to write next is often a question.  How am I going to finish this is a heavy question.  

All have answers.  These answers come from the creative cognitive faculty.  In it's own, sweet time.

The other side of this erroneous perception of writer's block is when ideas come to you so fast you hardly have time to write them down.

But you should as best as you can if you are to cement the foundational skill of honoring your creative process.  And perhaps more importantly, honoring and cooperating with your creative cognitive faculty by working with it in consideration of it's limitations your whole life long.  

These creative torrents are simply all the solutions and ideas regular rational life likes to repress and bottle up. We repress and bottle them up because we don't understand them, don't want to understand them or are afraid of understanding itself. It's the opposite of the lies we tell ourselves. 

Creativity is the antithesis of bullshit; to of from another or to yourself.  

Be so advised.  

The last one is the big tamale of all the rationales we use to talk ourselves out of evolving.

Solving all this means just learning how to work with the faculty.  I guarantee, you will never tear your hair out, or cut your ear off again.  

However, the Lone Comic always truthfully warns - it's hard work!

The creative cognitive faculty generates ideas that we don't understand due to some factors like their symbolic nature.  The creative often communicates symbolically, and we just haven't developed enough skill in translating symbolic communication into literal interpretation for the transcription process.

This skill acquisition takes time and some development.

The creative faculty communicates in this way because the symbol is a one icon (or symbol) method for representing a concept, no matter how abstract, meaningful, sophisticated or complicated. Multiple concepts necessary to completely illustrate (that's almost literal and goes by another name 'the theater of the mind') a sophisticated or lengthy solution are strings of symbols.

It is up to us to develop interpretive skills. 

We run into "What does that mean?"  and can lose interpretive translated meaning of the symbol because they can often come in strings or in unique forms outside of the nominal symbols systems developed to date.  You have to give yourself a chance and realize even though you got it down, you may not understand it right away.  Fools will throw out the piece of paper, think 'what good was that exercise?' and develop a nice case of self mistrust.  Big mistake, but its your choice, like everything in life.

A string of symbols is a native lexicon expression of creative faculty programming language.  It is often the final product delivered up from your subconscious where the creative faculty resides, and can be a daydream or night dream or something as random as, "What was that I just thought of?  That was wierd!  I'd better write that down or draw it, whatever it was."

You got to keep on top of your 
train of thought in order to capture this data. And I mean accurately, kids.  Some of your best ideas, most difficult solutions to the biggest challenges and greatest realizations come from this process. This is not a place to skimp with yourself.  Some things can't be monkeyed with.  Unless you like selling yourself short.  

Life and the rational world will distract you from recognizing, much less developing a strong interpretation system for this creative data, which is why you need a good place to work. And the discipline to go there and open yourself up the the time irrespective process is key.

Writer's retreats only help so much.  They're often in such beautiful settings, you want to go outside, not work.  Like the great director Billy Wilder teaches us, "When you get the corner office, turn your desk to the wall."  Better to create your own, private creative space.  I consider it critical, if not essential.   

Trust me, this is such powerful stuff that all the time you spend away from work, online life and other people is more than made up for by the results. And they are powerful leaps forward, just the kind of results you need and want.

To quantify just how much can be made up for in terms of results for the sacrifices you make for your creativity can be measured in simple terms.

Your conscious, adult, waking rational mind can be tested for intelligence quotient (IQ). This quotient is a number, based on testing.  My dad was involved in writing a few of the early ones.  

Science estimates that your subconscious (as opposed to your conscious mind) is nine times (900%) smarter than your conscious mind.  

So if your conscious IQ is 120 (a rather standard intelligence measurement) you subconscious IQ is about 1080.

That's pretty fn smart.  No wonder the language of the subconscious is primarily symbolism.  The symbol is the single letter of the alphabet of symbols.  A string or strings of symbols are the words and sentences of symbolic language.  

Your mind is doing you a favor by breaking down this sophisticated conceptual creative (or otherwise) data into digestible chunks - symbols and strings of symbols.  

Your job while awake is to translate this into words and put them on paper. You're gonna say, "That's a great idea, or, that's exactly what I was looking for, or even, wow, I better go back to the drawing board."

This is one of the skills you could develop in order to acquire facility in the process of interpreting and transcribing the meaning of these symbols into words that the rest of us - after you have rewritten and edited them - can understand as written expressions.

Those expressions relate - guess what?

The meaning of the symbols you can understand without having to daydream or dream.  This meaning in words is interpreted by the reader and presto!

You have the purpose of communication to begin with.  The creation, interpretation and meaning of understanding itself.

This is what writing is for - and all communication - whether painting, dance, film what-have-you - to create understanding. So what if you don't understand it immediately?  You will in time.

So don't piss down this gold mine by whining "it's too tough, Lone Comic!" Or, "I don't understand it, Lone Comic!" 

Here is a management tool both necessary and powerful enough to allow it not to be a hair puller of a problem.

This problem is common in early maturity stage creativity, but isn't always a early stage problem.

The solution is simple.

A first rate information architecture.

This is as simple as an excel spreadsheet.  If you can't build and manipulate data in a simple spreadsheet program, what the fuck are you doing in the thinking business of writing moron?  Much less in the digital citizenship age?  

It is a simple way to map three dimensional data.  The brain is a matrix of thought, so this is form following function.

I had this torrent problem early in my career.  Once I outlined ten novels on a three by five notepad while waiting for a bus to Ventura.  Talk about managing page space!

In order to manage this massive inflow of creative and detailed data, I found an information management system that allows me to keep it all organized so its not a brain strain.

What is happening to you when the problem of ideas coming to you too fast is a flow adjustment solution.  By that I mean things are coming in at a flow so fast, its a torrent.

In these cases, I simply write it all out and turn it into paragraphs of independent thought.  One thought, one paragraph.  Simple and right. 
Then I begin the categorizing because it is a demand of rationale we can hardly ignore even with the music turned way up loud. Then I drop those thoughts into the right document and link it in the right category from my spreadsheet.

By the time you have your categories tweaked to mirror how you think, start the life long big data project and behold, wonder and marvel at yourself for managing your artistic talents.  And having mapped your consciousness.  That's better than a mind map because it is the master mind map for you for life. 

You may thank me by supporting my Kickstarter comedy album project when its ready to produce.

The personal insights it can give you is icing on the cake. Oh, the problems this process can solve.  I leave discovery of this to you, because that is our highest cognitive function anyway.

Its a good beginner's tool to manage the big data that is your working creative cognition put to structure.

Once you have established both a familiarity and translation facility for your abstract creative thoughts, your torrents will be less confusing, less torrential for that matter, and this is the check valve in the torrential type of flow.

Most importantly, it is a big step in honoring your creative process. Doing this brings the torrents under more control, and widens the scope of the ability to grasp even more data your creative faculty is providing you with constantly.

It won't go away, and it shouldn't.  Sometimes the creative problems we ask our creative faculty to provide solution for are easy.  Something we should have used our waking brain for.  It may know this an you don't.  At 1080 IQ, metaphorically speaking, its going to spit them back at you pretty fast.  Be ready with pen and paper or text editor.

Just honor the process and when the data presents itself, stop, be mindful in the moment, and capture the data in words and professionally and faithfully jot them down.

The great leaps forward this kind of cognitive facility use process can give you allows you to leap forward sometimes with self startling speed, power and sophistication.

Welcome to creativity.  It has a power no other thing on earth has.  


Yeah, I'm teaching you how to ride the lightening, biyatch. Get it and don't sweat it.

Its not something you can turn off or on like a light switch, no matter how much the rational world tries.  It just won't work.

Its a process.  A life long one.  One you manage and grow skill with over a great deal of time. Get used to working with it and honoring it when it brings forth its bounty for you.  

How else do you think you are going to get paid? With automated blog blah? Welcome to automated mediocrity, the penny income.

The creative faculty can't give you the solution when you want it, (this is the perception that instituted the writer's block myth crutch cult) but it does give it to you when it's done, or partially done and gives you the finished part because it needs that space to do the rest of the work on perhaps something more exciting or sophisticated and yes, even more important.  

This is a thing I ran into that really popped my bubble.  I came to Hollywood to become a rich and famous writer, and learned that I was the kind of writer rich and famous writers wished they were.  An important one.

Sometimes the creative faculty, as a connected faculty to the subconscious, is informed by the subconscious (which is working at 9X, remember?) that the partial solution you just got is all that was really required for it to handle, and it is enough for your to figure out the rest in your daily, waking life.

The choice before you is do you want to go into the quiet poet's corner of your life and work with your 1000 IQ, or do you want to believe your entire focus should be on the rational life and pull your hair out in the coffee shop for the rest of your life?

Now, as the great Beth Lapides says, "Get back to work."

Faithfully yours,

The Lone Comic TM
Defender of Creativity and Entertainment SM
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