I do not believe that inspiration should be relied upon for creative work.

There is SO much foundational and structural work you _have_ to do before "inspiration" can even make a dent in The Work. Boring organization, cleaning the shop, purchasing supplies, actually getting to your desk, roughing in a concept, stretching, etc.

Do all of that first before complaining that that inspiration didn't strike.

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A related idea:

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"I think you’ve just got to do it consistently, repeatedly, and you’ve got to be undeterred by the time it requires and the inconvenience in your life that it generates. But mostly you have to do it in a way that continually stirs your personal passion."

(my rss feeds are knocking it out of the park today)

Another related thought before I put this tootstream into a dang blog post like I should have to begin with:

The only way to have a long-running career doing something is to start doing it.

6 months ago I did not have a 6 month old podcast.

3 years ago I did not have a blog that was 3 years old.

etc.

Or, to put it annoyingly axiomatically:

Don't stop yourself from being yourself. Become yourself by doing the work to be who you want to be.

@csalzman

"The best time to have started was 6 months ago. The next best time to have started is now."

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