Are you flexing your creative muscles? It takes work and practice. This is a lesson I’m being given ample opportunity to learn right now. It’s also a principle that goes beyond the initial burst of ideas, to the completion of those ideas, to the skill that allows those ideas to be communicated to others.
Right now, I’m in the middle of revisions on a short story. It’s work even though it’s something I enjoy doing and look forward to finishing… really finishing by which I mean having a written story worthy of being published. (and that means it will be published) There’s not much time left before the deadline and yet I still struggle to get myself going. I’ve noticed that when I get going, even when I’m enjoying working, I can’t stay focused beyond a certain stretch of time. In this area I’m weak. It really is like exercising. When you start, you struggle to get out there and when you do, you can’t go very long before you get tired. But, the more you do it you create a habit of doing it, and in the process you build your endurance and can go longer and harder than you did before. And so I’m taking it a day at a time, stretching myself to write as a habit and to go a little bit past the time I’m wrestling with distraction.
I will be stronger! The only way to lose out is to quit.
Care to join me? Where can you apply this to your creative journey and artistic endeavors?