The Void

Using voids in creative projects

What is a void?

It depends on the context.

When I discuss a void in every day growth, it’s where we get to a place in our personal journey that we stop replacing one thing for another.

At the apprentice stage we rarely void unless something forces us to do it, otherwise what we see is <substitution> where one thing is given up and another is put into it’s place.

Some examples are:

  • Swapping smoking for food

  • Swapping illegal drugs for prescription drugs

  • Swapping alcohol for love

  • Swapping love for shopping etc etc etc.

A void is not a substitution.

It is a deliberate and conscious <hollow>

It’s saying:

Im leaving this behind, and Im choosing not to fill it in.


In a creative project, we rarely use a void because of the heavy cost attached to it.

I suppose it’s similar to what SG would call a sunk cost, and we all know sinking projects costs a helluva lot of money.

What does a project with a void look like

Depending on what the project is, a void looks similar to a gap….though it is much…much…larger.

Looking at my portfolio of work over the years <only because I know what’s in it and can reference it accurately>..…

you could remove any of these pieces of work and it would create a gap, however if you removed an entire portfolio with an intent to leave it out forever, it would create a void.

To the naked eye this wouldn’t seem much, but when stories or characters or universes hinge on links or anchors which were originally crafted, it has an opportunity to lose “depth” and “breadth”

Can a project with a void be re-opened?

Yes. But you wouldn’t do it.

Making a decision to insert a void would be a last resort.

If the decision was made from creative design, chances are it was done because of the cost attached to releasing it.

Like anything you would weigh up the cost: Sunk cost for a void, or the cost to the project if it was published.

If management made the decision to push it to the void, then you would know the decision wasn’t done lightly.

So yes.

You could re-open a void, but you would be going against the care and thought that was put into making the original decision.

Why would you insert a void into a project?

As mentioned above, a void would be inserted into the project when it is deemed that whatever is being removed would be more a liability to keep there than what it would be to remove it.

Can you “fill” a void in a project?

I’ve thought about this question all day since writing the post this morning.

You could fill a void…yes.

We see it done all the time with comic book universes….however the creative management would need to understand that inserting and removing a single item/character/place/word causes big ramifications.

If the person filling the void knew all the gaps, holds, pivots, closes and especially language usage and mirroring <which is what this project is designed to teach>

…..then yes.

You could fill a void.

If you weren’t aware of it though, what would be inserted into the void could throw all the other bits and pieces out.

So our Master Journey lesson for today opens up a discussion on voids.

  • Do you believe they should be used?

  • Should they be allowed to be filled?

  • Or should they be left as a void forever?

My answer?

Sometimes a void is just better off left as a void.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Much love