There are moments when you look at what you’ve created and you think, “Oh crap! I can’t let anybody see this. What on Earth was I thinking when I said/wrote/did that?”
It’s common. We all go through it. I call it “creating through the crap.”
Here’s the part we must strive to remember:
The crap we create is not the final product, it’s the raw material.
Genius rarely strikes at the very first moment of creative expression. But once we get the ideas–even the crappy ones…ESPECIALLY the crappy ones–out there, we can begin the real work of refining, rearranging, and reframing.
Trying to create while skipping past the part where your work sounds or looks crappy, is like trying to become a concert pianist without ever hitting an “off” key. You need those “off” keys to make good music. In fact, the only thing that makes an “off” key “off” is one’s inability to properly incorporate it into the musical piece.
In a similar way, crappy work is only crappy when we fail to use it as an element in our larger recipe for success.
Crappy = unfinished work + an “I’m finished” attitude.
There’s an old saying: If you’re going through Hell, don’t stop. Keep your focus on the “going through” part until you reach the other side.
Likewise, if it feels like you’re creating crap, keep your focus on the “creating” part until you reach the other side.
You’ll get there.
That’s my two cents,