Reducing creative friction: starting a new project
I’ve written about creative friction before. But I just realized a new source: how much effort it takes to start a new project.
A few seemingly small things can inhibit the process way more than I realize. Here’s some I realized recently, and the changes I’ve made.
|Having a bunch of code editors open||Just opening up one editor at the root of all of my git repositories (
|Starting new code repo locally + on GitHub||Downloaded GitHub command line tool and auth token, learned incantation:
|Starting new python project locally||
|Installing a new python package||
|Starting a new three.js project||Made repo with build script and template. Next: writing script so it’s one line.|
|Starting a new p5.js project||Made repo with build script and template. Next: writing script so it’s one line.|
These are specific to programming projects. Here’s an example for drawing: how likely are you to start a new drawing if:
- your drawing equipment is all away in a closet?
- your drawing equipment is near you but you have to get out paper and pick a tool?
- you are currently drawing and just finished a sketch?