One of the biggest traps for creative work is postponing. Either because of “waiting for inspiration”. Or because of perfectionism, saying “I`m not good enough yet, conditions are not ideal at the moment,…”
It`s been one of the most important lessons for me: Creativity means commitment which implies planning your day, setting priorities, and setting aside time for them. Creative work means fight and determination. And actually doing the work now.
“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”, said photographer Chuck Close. “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.”
No need for the perfect setting
The other day, I had an interesting interview with singer and musician Joe Vox. He has released an album together with other musicians called “COVid IDentities”. Because of the lockdown, one of the musicians didn`t have access to fancy recording technology. So he just used his phone. Simple as that.
The musicians made things work, even though conditions weren`t ideal. Joe Vox said: “As a creative, you don`t need the perfect setting. On the contrary: Too much perfection can indeed harm because you constantly find that settings aren`t ideal. And you end up doing nothing at all because of that. You can always do something when you are creative and really want to.”