How breaking down subject matter can better help you find your muse
"DIVIDE EACH DIFFICULTY INTO AS MANY PARTS AS IS FEASIBLE AND NECESSARY TO RESOLVE IT."
If you got a big idea, instead of biting off more muse than you can chew, see if you can take this idea and break it down into more manageable parts. By doing so, you might find that taking on each small part of the idea, you can manage it easier and bring your creative ideas to fruition.
Break it down
Creative projects can be a lot like that Texas sized chunk of meat that you thought you could handle in one bite. Instead of being able to finish it, you end up chewing and chewing on it, before spitting back out onto your creative plate. In order to make these ideas much more manageable, it is better to break them down into smaller easy to digest pieces and tackle each piece one at a time. By doing it this way, you allow yourself to focus on each singular piece of the project, thoroughly going over it, before you move on to the next part.
How to break it down
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”- Pablo Picasso
Okay, so you know how to cut your meat into smaller bite size pieces, but you are having a little bit more difficulty in doing the same thing with your big creative idea. In fact, the whole concept brings you back to the grammar school days when the teacher forced you to diagram sentences. Do not worry, breaking down your creative problem or idea is a lot easier than you realize and once you get the hang of it.
First Things First: Write out the overall idea/problem like so:
Big Idea: Turn garage into a Tiki bar
Now try to take this idea apart, breaking it down into more manageable pieces by asking things like:
- What is a Tiki bar?
- Why the Garage?
- Will the Wife let me do it?
Now take these parts and break them down even further:
- Tiki Bar: Torches, Bamboo Bar, Stools, Grass Hut, Tropical Motif, Liquor
- Garage: Clean it out, Park Car Outside, Store Stuff in attic instead
- Wife: remind her of all the fun you had in college, convince her that it would be a nice place to “escape to”
See, there you have it. You took your big idea and broke it down enough that it has become a bit more feasible. By doing so, you allow yourself to tackle each part of your big idea on an individual basis allowing for your creativity to flow more freely. Next time you come up with big idea, instead of trying to tackle it head on, first try to break down into smaller pieces and see if you have an easier time keeping your muse by taking on one little piece at a time.