Don’t know where you’re going? Excellent!
Not sure how you’ll get there? Outstanding!
On your way anyway? Kudos!
Know everything? My condolences. But take heart in the fact that you’ll be able to get back to not knowing eventually.
Most resistance is caused by fear. And fear of the unknown is the biggest fear of all. But it’s not not knowing that causes problems, it’s the fear of not knowing.
At the heart of all resistance – block, paralysis, procrastination, postponing, perfectionism, waiting for inspiration, following distractions, criticizing yourself and others, sabotaging yourself, etc. – lies the inclination to fight yourself (or despair) because you’re imperfect.
Resistance arises from the assumption that you should be someone other than who you are and your process should be something other than what it is.
The opposite of (and solution to) resistance is surrender. Accept that you are who you are. Celebrate that your process is what it is. That doesn’t mean you and your process will never change, but you can never change what you do not accept. And you may discover that what you think is a weakness is also your strength.
The creative process is a cycle of not knowing to discovering to sharing what you discover and back to not knowing something else.
Being uncertain can be uncomfortable, but it is essential. Uncertainty is the necessary first step to discovery. You can’t discover what you already know (or think you know).
Asking good questions is the first step in the creative process. Discovery doesn’t show up until step four.
Knowing a lot may stroke your ego, but it’s the boring part of the creative process (which is why know-it-alls are such bores).
Complete expertise, aka knowing everything, isn’t any part of the creative process at all. When you know exactly what you’re going to write and how to write it, writing becomes routine, rote, uninspired – aka no longer creative.
Embrace uncertainty as your only route to creative discovery. Of course you don’t want to stay in uncertainty forever, just as you don’t want to stay in certainty forever (because you’re a creative person, you’d get bored).
But there is no need to fight with your uncertainty. As you relax into uncertainty, you become more comfortable with not knowing. When you stop fighting, when you stop thinking you’re supposed to know what you haven’t yet discovered, your resistance melts.
What uncertainty fuels (or could fuel) your writing?