This is the first article in a new series about finding your muse and keeping her tied down to a chair while you make some art. Now, seriously, every day, at midnight, I’ll try to offer you insight into how my brain works (or at least, the creative side), what has inspired me through the day, and stuff like that.
Also, I’ll be posting funny pictures of cats. Or nineteenth century impressionist paintings. It depends on my mood, actually.
Today’s topic is about one of the truly harmful things some artists do. They wait for the muse to come to them. It’s like sitting at the edge of the water, praying for a fish to jump into your lap. You might get lucky, but making art isn’t about luck. It’s about doing your thing, whether you feel like it or not.
It’s one of the oldest rules in the book. You sit down and type. You paint, you draw, you dance, you sing. No matter what. Don’t wait for the perfect conditions, for some mystical alignment of the planets. Create your perfect conditions.
It’s not pretty, and it doesn’t resemble the almost poetic way some people feel about art, but the truth is that art is as much about discipline as anything else worth pursuing. Art is about asking questions and finding answers, about systematically trying to understand how things work.
Art is about being relentless in your pursuit to become the best artist that you can be.
Don’t wait for your muse to come to you, don’t listen to all those voices telling you that now it’s not the time to write. Now it’s as good as it will ever be.