“We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
Resistance…perfectionism…procrastination. Whatever the word, they are all sons of bitches. What does your version look like? Here’s what mine has looked like the last few weeks as I haven’t been posting…
- Thinking about the topic I want to write about.
- Deciding, then avoiding the topic because I can’t figure out how I want to write about it.
- Swear I’m gonna do it tonight.
- OK, tomorrow.
- Oh, darn. PMS is a bitch. Guess I better get high and finish Stranger Things. Sure hope I find some inspiration at the bottom of this popcorn bowl.
- Nope, no inspiration. Also, WHY DO ONLY 1/3 OF THE POPCORN KERNELS EVER POP??? Gonna make some more…to figure this out once and for all.
- Great, now I’m extra bloated. Let’s see what matches I can get on Bumble to remind myself I am a desired lady-person.
- Uggggggh. It’s my arch nemesis’s profile. I thought I blocked him! More popcorn, please.
- Good morning! Yep, definitely going to do that today.
- Two weeks later…
Any creative project in general is like entering a war with yourself. It’s too easy to stop and have to start again. I’m learning what it looks like to show up to your creative work no matter what. It’s hard, because it requires daily dedication. You gotta trust the process. Half of it’s consistency and perseverance. I have no idea what this writing project will be, but I owe it to myself to keep on going.
…and I will! I’ve felt stuck, distracted, and overwhelmed lately…but that’s the point of this blog. To acknowledge that’s what’s happening and work through it. Starting is always better than talking about starting. Or thinking about starting. Or watching someone else start and judging them.
I hope you find your inspiration this week to START, whatever that looks like for you!
“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
“Perfectionism is the ego’s wicked demand. It denies us the pleasure of process. Instead, we are told by the ego that we must have instantaneous success— and our perfectionism believes it, lock, stock and barrel. Perfectionism tells us that to push ahead, we must be perfect. And yet, it is often perfectionism that stalls us and keeps us from moving ahead at all. Perfectionism is the opposite of humility, which allows us to move slowly and steadily forward, making and learning from our mistakes. Perfectionism says do it “right”— or not at all.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
“The Fraud Police are the imaginary, terrifying force of ‘real’ grown-ups who you believe – at some subconscious level – are going to come knocking on your door in the middle of the night, saying: We’ve been watching you, and we have evidence that you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING. You stand accused of the crime of completely winging it, you are guilty of making shit up as you go along, you do not actually deserve your job, we are taking everything away and we are TELLING EVERYBODY.” Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
“Perfection is the satin-lined casket of creativity and originality. If you are a perfectionist, at least stop telling everybody you’re one and try to get over it yourself, alone in your home with the lights off.” Augusten Burroughs, This is How