In The Meaning in the Making, author Sean Tucker addressed the why and the how behind our human need to create. Offered in paperback, this book contains Tucker's personal stories interwoven with the psychological, philosophical, and spiritual practices that help him stay a mentally healthy, inspired, and motivated "maker of things." This book isn't just for photographers or filmmakers, but for musicians, painters, writers; basically anyone who makes anything. So no matter what your chosen creative outlet is, this book is for you.
It's as if we collectively intuited, long before science gave us the language, that the universe bends toward entropy, and every act of creation on our part is an act of defiance in the face of that evolving disorder.
When we pick up a paintbrush, or compose elements through our camera viewfinders, or press fingers into wet clay to wrestle form from a shapeless lump, we are bending things back toward Order and wrestling them from Chaos.
But making things is often not enough.
We also want the things we make to be filled with meaning. We're each trying to describe what we know about life, to create a collective sense of "safety in numbers." When we reach the end of our traditional descriptive powers, it's time to weave collective meaning from poetry, painting, writing, dancing, photographing, filmmaking, storytelling, singing, animating, designing, performing, carving, sculpting, and a million other ways we daily create Order out of the Chaos and share it with each other for comfort.
On this journey we need a creative philosophy which will help us find our voice, discover our message, deal with the responses to our work, maintain inspiration, and stay mentally healthy and motivated creators as we strive to find "the meaning in the making."