I am very intrigued by process, especially creative process. Whenever I find a creative work, or project that I love, I often want to know what it took to get it to its final, published state. Apart from my persistent, cat-like curiousity, I love learning what tools and methods were used, what failures occurred along the way, and how the creator grew throughout the process.

For my own projects, I've tried from time to time to create a markdown file where I keep my notes and I put timestamps down as headings and write a little bit about how it's going.

Realistically though, the project log gets forgotten. Just getting the work done is hard enough.

And sure, lots of creative people have documented their process, but, at least historically (pre-internet, especially), these kinds of documents don't show up (read: are easily found) until after some kind of success has been found. I think the closest analog to what I would like to read are game development logs, or blogs on DIY hardware development. I would love to see more notes from musicians in the studio-recording process, or from a painter trying to create a series. These things exist for famous artists, sure, but I think I'm trying to nebulously encourage people trying to make things now to also document there process.[1]

With that said, I think that for some folks, the act of creating a work is enough—in fact, perhaps there is no room for documentation. Asking a proficient artist to document how they do what they do seems a little bit demanding—isn't the work they made for the world, for your eyes/ears/etc enough? Why should I get more?

But sure enough, I wouldn't complain. I think when we connect with a creator/creative piece we feel less alone in the world, and wanting to know more about how things got done feels a bit like pulling at that string of connection.

  1. On re-reading this post, I realized that this probably does exist, but in ways that I don't really use — youtube, instagram, etc. ↩︎