Before master painters get to work, they spend time sketching out what it is they want to create. A sketch is a quick and fast drawing of something a painter wants to paint. It is a way of capturing the major details of a subject so that you have a good idea of what you are going to create. I find that the concept of sketching can be applied across a variety of fields. In music it is a common practice to sketch out ideas for pieces before you create them. Beethoven was well known for doing this. In writing, sketching out a novel before you write it is also a common practice. This is usually done by outlining or mindmapping a story before it is written in detail. In film making sketching sometimes takes the form of storyboarding. This is where a film is drawn out in pictures to create a sequence of what happens so that all the people involved can see what the film will look like.
Are you embarking on a new creation of some kind? It might be a good idea to "sketch" a bit before you get started. Write some ideas down, create a mind map, have a good discussion with others about what you want to do, write up a plan, or even create some kind of story board. Play around with some ideas or concepts. You can even create a prototype of some kind. Doing so will help you have a good idea of what you want to create before you get started so that the creative process will move forward and not get sidetracked or derailed. If it works for master painters, it probably is a good thing to start doing.
What do you think?