It’s easy to follow your impulses all of the time. But your impulses don’t always know what’s best for you.
How many times have you visited Facebook or checked your email, and not had any idea why you were bothering?
It’s tempting to try to think through and reason a decision. What amount of your time are you investing? How much money will you get in return? What percentage of your target market will resonate with this logo in purple? What about blue?
We want to make our masterpiece, but we are our own worst enemy. We overestimate what we’re capable of, yet we are quick to make excuses when faced with a challenge.
Creative breakthroughs are not like taking out the trash, nor buying almond milk on the way home from work. Creative breakthroughs build slowly and come suddenly.
To have any hope of your art succeeding, you need to “ship” it. You want your work to be good, but perfectionism can prevent your work from ever having a chance.
It’s very easy to get focused on trying to find a creative solution, especially when there’s a deadline staring you down. But the more I’ve created, as a designer, a writer—even learning dance, or a…
When you procrastinate on making your art, you lie to yourself. You’re wired to want to put forth minimal effort. Your body doesn’t want to do the work.
Right now, I’m sitting in a café. It’s way too early for me to be in a café. I’m easily-distracted and annoyed. I swear my Spanish is fine, but the barista doesn’t understand. I also swear he’s mumbling.
I published 500 words a day for awhile, and I published 100 words a day for awhile.
Publishing 500 words a day was key in quadrupling my creative productivity. I expected the quality of my writing to suffer, but it actually got better, and my writing got…
Hemingway would talk about his “juice.” Or he’d refer to his ability to write as a well that he mustn’t allow to run dry. He once wrote to a friend (“Tubby”):
…please forgive such a rotten letter. All my juice goes in the damned book…