You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it – Austin Kleon, “Show Your Work”
Don’t wait around for things to happen.
Sometimes, when I’m down, I feel like I’ve shot my bolt,…but it passes, and I go back to the computer.
Herman Wouk, at age 97
The story is not the idea. The story is the telling. Crafting a good plot is one skill. Telling the story is another. Both are necessary, but arguably the second takes much more time and is where the art is. You could give 20 authors the same exact story idea and you’d get 20 different books.
It’s important to have quiet time, be forced to fill in the boring bits. Boring is good.
Building new stuff every day is hard. Coming up with new concepts can be exhausting and switching from brainstorming mode to execution mode isn’t seamless. But the hardest thing about this project is that, in a sense, every day I fail. […] The thing is, the way forward is not to keep tinkering and tweaking to make something perfect. The way forward is to move on to the next concept and build it.
Jennifer Daywalt, I’m Learning To Code By Building 180 Websites In 180 Days
The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.
Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
The only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be.
Anthony Trollope, the nineteenth-century writer who managed to be a prolific novelist while also revolutionizing the British postal system, observed, “A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.” Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.
You’re much more likely to spot surprising relationships and to see fresh connections among ideas, if your mind is constantly humming with issues related to your work. … By contrast, working sporadically makes it hard to keep your focus. It’s easy to become blocked, confused, or distracted, or to forget what you were aiming to accomplish.
Creativity arises from a constant churn of ideas, and one of the easiest ways to encourage that fertile froth is to keep your mind engaged with your project. When you work regularly, inspiration strikes regularly.