Today I read yet another ‘you should only work when inspired’ comment on a post about creativity.
Wah, wah, wah. Cry me a river, newbie.
This idea that you should only work when inspired otherwise you make rubbish is a load of bollocking crap. Making rubbish is the important part.
Making rubbish is how you learn.
Making rubbish is how you improve.
Making rubbish is how you exercise your creative muscles.
All artists, even the best ones, make rubbish. The smart ones appreciate it and understand its part in the creative process.
You don’t have to show people your rubbish. But you do have to make it.
So yes, you do bloody have to show up and make your work every day – or as often as you can possibly manage.
Do you think that athletes show up for the Olympics hoping to be inspired? No, they train and train and train and then hope to do their best on the day. And when they don’t, they spend time asking themselves what went wrong and how they can do it better next time.
Do I believe in inspiration?
Hell yes! I’ve felt it. I know it exists. And like most artists I live for that particular drug, angel-sweet in my mind.
But I also know for a sure and solid fact that inspiration tends to show up more often when you’re already doing the work. Like a garden, inspiration grows best when the ground is tended and fertile. And that means lots of digging and a hell of a lot of manure.
So get out there, my darlings and make the very best rubbish you can; you’ll grow prettier flowers in the end.