Do you build strong muscles without working out?
Do you make really good food without stepping in the kitchen?
Have you ever learned a new skill without directly practicing it?
Sure, many people see creativity as a mystical force that comes and goes whenever it wants to.
For me, I see it as a skill you can practice and refine when you take time to work at it.
I believe it’s not up to “waves of inspiration” to make creative work happen. Instead, it’s a sit-down-and-do-it-till-it’s-done process.
And, good news.
There’s a way out of your creative slump (if you’re in one).
All you need to do is the following line:
Just do it. —Just kidding (kind of).
What you need to do is start leaving your judgement out of your process until it’s done.
Don’t wait for the “right time” to come.
Build your creativity strong like a muscle. It’s possible to be creative every day of the week. It just won’t look or feel like a magical surge of energy running through your fingers as your write your next article, or illustrate your next piece.
Sorry, your creative career isn’t built on artistic spontaneity but rather boring, repetitive, consistent steps. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another piece of writing to get to for tomorrow.