Do you get stuck when trying to move forward? Do you create but find that you still flounder or lose your momentum?

Do you wish you could find an easier way to make the life that you seek?

Why It Helps To Embrace The Creative Process

Creating can be a difficult and confounding process. We often take one step forward and another back.

It can be hard to understand why that is. So we look into our childhoods, our belief systems and all sorts of corners of our psyche to figure out what is getting in our way.

According to Robert Fritz, author of The Path Of Least Resistance and Creating in addition to many other books, the problem is not in our psyches but in the structural system that dominates our lives.

What Is The Creative Process?

Many of us have mistaken ideas about the creative process.

The creative process is NOT about coming up with ideas.

The creative process is NOT about concepts.

The creative process is NOT about finding yourself.

The creative process is NOT a form of personal salvation.

The creative process IS a structure that lets you create.

The creative process IS a way to remove irrelevant considerations from your creating – whatever your creating is about.

The creative process IS a way to move from where you are now to your creative goal.

What Is Irrelevant To Creating?

In creating the only thing that matters is what you want to create, and how you are going to get from where you are to your intended goal.

It does not matter what I think or what your family and friends think.

It does not matter what your religion or political affiliation is.

It does not matter what the weather is, who likes you or does not.

It does not matter if you have a dog, cat or a bird.

It does not matter if you had a bad childhood.

It does not matter if you like yourself.

How To Make The Creative Process Work For You

According to Robert Fritz, the process of creating is very simple:

  • identify where you want to go, what you want to achieve
  • identify where you are
  • determine how to get there
  • do it.

Once you know what you want and where you are now, you can develop the step you need to take. There is no one to consult, and no approval to get.

It is that simple.

We overcomplicate it with a lot of extraneous considerations which are really irrelevant.

So, for example, you want to become super healthy.

First, you need to assess where you are and then create a series of steps to achieve your objective. It may include losing weight, drinking more and healthier water, dealing with stress issues, figuring our a lifestyle plan that will support your health, etc.

The big benefit of this approach is that taking one step supports the rest of the steps. So going through the process, each step moves forward and feeds into the next. Gone is the oscillating pattern of one step forward and one step back.

By having a straightforward creative process, you now have a structure that supports your moving forward.

That’s all you need to create whatever you want.

Sound too simple?

Try it. See if it works for you.

I am using it, and although it takes getting used to, it does work.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.


  1. Tammi Kibler on January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for this, Maria. Sometimes I get distracted by worldly concerns, and you’re right, I need to shake myself up and just start doing whatever it is I feel like I can’t.

    • Maria on January 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Hi Tammi,

      It is nice to hear from you.

      I think we all get distracted because our culture is hyper stimulated, although for HSPs the problem is more challenging. What I like about a simple creative process is that it lets you easily refocus so you can stay on track. It is impossible to eliminate distractions but you can make it easier to get back on track. Interestingly my meditation teachers told me not to distractions but rather to let them go.

      Another nice feature of a simple creative process is that you can break down whatever it is you think you cannot do into very small steps so that eventually you do what you thought you couldn’t by focusing on the goal through the steps. It keeps you from freezing into fear which we all do when we are trying to accomplish a daunting task.

      All the best!

  2. Douglas Eby on January 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for this stimulating article. But you write, “It does not matter if you like yourself.” — It seems to me (and others) that healthy self concept and esteem DO impact our creativity. In an edition of her newsletter, Elaine Aron wrote: “I know ALL HSPs are creative, by definition. Many have squashed their creativity because of their low self-esteem.” – From my post Elaine Aron on Creativity and Sensitivity

    • Maria on January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks, Douglas, I am glad you liked the article.

      When I was saying it doesn’t matter is you like yourself, I was not trying to suggest that liking yourself is a bad idea. I think it is good for you. However, whether or not you do does not have to interfere with creating. I am an abstract painter. Whether or not I like myself does not interfere with making a stretcher, priming it, creating a sketch, or deciding that blue is the right color to use in a particular location on the canvas.

      Not liking myself can affect my desire to create and has. The more that I work with Fritz’s model the more I realize that liking myself or not stems from cultural concepts of who and how I should be and nothing to do with the creative process itself. Great creators in the past did not live with our cultural models and they created anyway – many in spite of extreme prohibitions against creativity. We still have a lot of prohibitions against creativity which can be inhibiting.

      So I agree that many of us have squashed our creativity. Our low self-esteem probably comes from an early negative reception to it. I certainly experienced a lot of that. But I do not think we have to let that be the last word. It is also fun if you don’t.

  3. Cali on January 19, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I’ve only recently discovered I’m an HSP so I’m still learning about what it means. Through therapy sessions I have also found out that I expect to be an expert at everything I do, even if its the first time I’ve done it – is this a characteristic which can be associated with being an HSP?
    I love doing various crafty things and decided is try jewellery making – so firstly I bought everything I could ever want or need (another typical behaviour of mine!), I have more beads than I’ll probably ever use! After putting off starting to make things (procrastination is another typical behaviour of mine as I know I’ll be no good) I ran out of excuses of reasons why I had to wait and started working on my first few things – the pictures in my mind and the finished items weren’t quitethe same, so clearly I’m useless at jewellery making. I never thought of breaking things down and setting smaller, more achievable targets to help reach my ultimate goal. Thank you

    • Maria on January 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Caroline,

      I am glad that you found the article useful. I do not think it is a fault that you have the difficulty of moving forward. I think it comes from two HSP characteristics: being conscientious and holistic.

      I am both and I notice that it can be difficult for me to think in terms of parts, compartment and steps. Therefore, it can be very hard to take action. When you break things down into small steps, it makes it easier to bypass self-doubt which I find to be a challenge sometimes. It also makes it easier to experiment since one step is not a matter of life and death. It is also easier to self critique with small steps and therefore, it gives you more control ver your work, which can be freeing.

      I have also difficulty with having to be an expert on everything. I do not think it was something I initially put on myself, but it was expected. HSPs because they are so conscientious can find that others have expectations that can be difficult to live with. Whether you just do that to yourself or others encourage it, it is important to protect yourself from the overwork that comes from trying to be an expert at everything.

      Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

      All the best,