You’ve been given well-conceived rules and guidelines, but still, whether it’s resistance or overwhelm or brain-freeze, you’re getting nowhere.
Fear not…if you can’t get unstuck from 201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity, well, back in the mud with you!
From yesterday’s Rules for Working in a Studio, you decide to narrow the list, with some variations tailored for your growth.
‘Make big promises.’ becomes ‘Make big promises…to yourself.’ ‘Keep them.’ logically follows.
And you merge ‘Don’t hide your work.’ with ‘Don’t hide your mistakes’ and ‘You are not your work. Embrace criticism.’ [Challenging, for sure.]
Here are a few more serious items you might consider…courtesy of Seth Godin.
With help from Seth Godin.
One kind of practice fits the traditional definition. We repeat processes until we improve. Shooting baskets, playing ‘Greensleeves’, making the perfect sunnyside-up egg.
“The other kind of practice is more valuable but far more rare.”
“This is the practice of failure. Of trying on one point of view after another until you find one that works. Of creating original work that doesn’t succeed until it does. Of writing, oration and higher-level math in search of an elusive outcome, even a truth, one that might not even be there…We become original through practice.”
Here’s hoping you’re making time for both types of practice.
Yes, the word is ‘sonder’.
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. To help you visualize, short video here.
Let it feed today’s writing.
Note: Thanks to Seth Godin for introducing the Writers Horoscope to this concept.
You could turn and run.
Or meet it head-on…with a new sentence, then a paragraph, a page, a chapter, a book.
Seth Godin keeps his view of perfection pretty darned simple.
Here’s another take:
One thing is certain: perfection is not a blank page.