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I agree. Though the act of creating is self-perpetuating...
I make loads and loads of technical drawings! My drawings and notebooks of how I will approach the manufacture of the piece are the key to making it work. Even if I start something with no drawings - very rare for me - I will eventually have to start working things out on paper. I have dozens of full notebooks and workbooks tucked away in the workshop. Quite often, there is a furious burst of drawing just before I start making, then the workbook develops alongside the piece, a few notes and sketches ahead of the piece but following the original plans. This is especially true of mechanical pieces like "The Mysterious Adventure of Lady Stevens" which had to open and have concealed, detachable elements. These elements quite often don't quite fit the way I had imagined and need to be re-worked.
One of the main reasons I took a workshop with Bob Ebendorf two years ago was to try and force myself to be more fluid and free, which has fed into my work but hasn't really become a way that I am happy working.
I honestly do things in the moment, it is more natural for me to go with the flow and just start creating something as soon as I have an idea dancing in my head.
Sometimes what I do is to make the piece in a different medium or metal (not silver) and after I finished the piece and see my idea then I will make it in silver. Most of the time I just do it in the moment and solve any problems I may have while I am making it.
I also took a class with Robert Ebendorf and I felt so much in place with him. I do not second guess myself, I just jump to the project with lots of energy and enthusiasm and if a problems gets in my way I just make the problem or obstacle work on my favor. ;o)