In the last couple years, I’ve come to realize that I thrive most during the tweaking phase of the creative process. I’m talking about the phase after the initial set-up, when there are concrete elements to play with, add upon, and tweak.
For writers of original works, there is nothing more foreboding than a blank screen. Like God himself, we must create something out of thin air; and speaking for myself: I ‘aint no God, so it’s tough. In fact, I now refer to the beginning of every creative project as the grunt phase.
What helps me most during the grunt phase is to avoid perfectionism. The beginning stage of creativity is not the time to edit; you simply need to put your nose to the grindstone and write away. Then, once there is something to tweak, you can dive more deeply into the creative process and make it better.
The important thing is to give yourself something to work with, just churn it out and trust that you will make it much, much better. You will feel much better about yourself, rather than get stuck in front of a blank screen thinking of the perfect idea.