Creating needs more action and less inspiration

In this generation many of us must create regularly for our businesses to be successful. Content, content, content. This puts a lot of pressure on us. Will people like and appreciate my work? Will it get lost into the dark corners of the web, only to be seen by an occasional set of eyes?

For me, this pressure often results in writers/creators block. At the root it’s fear of rejection. Fear of obscurity, even. But, alas, we must press on. We must push forward, inspiration be damned. Every moment we waste in entertaining our fears is a moment we’ll never get back and regret has a terribly bitter taste to it.

I get so much out of this quote from Chuck Close, he says, “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.

All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

Happy Sunday, Groovers. Press on!