Hello my fellow bloggers and blog-lovers. Whether you write, sing, teach, dance, garden, or paint, we’re all creators in some way or another. I’m sure my fellow creators can relate to the impulsive, metaphysical muse that calls us to create out of the blue. It’s a fantastic feeling. When you start creating and keep on creating. But those involuntary instances of inspiration happen far too few to be a professional creator.
Recently a book I read called “Shipping Creative Work” by Seth Godin shifted my perspective.
As a writer, I’ve often contemplated the question, “Should I force myself to write?” If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember an article I wrote about it here a year ago. I want to have a healthy relationship with writing, but I also want to create on a scheduled basis.
Historically, I have put off writing until I am in the right mindset, until I have an evening with no plans, until I’ve finished everything I needed for the day, until I have an idea that’s good enough. You can see the dilemma. Professional writers don’t wait to be inspired. They don’t wait for a muse. They write regardless of their mood, because your work is too important not to prioritize it.
Remove (the need for) your muse. Your work will thank you for it.
In his book, Godin shares hundreds pieces of advice to help us creators stop procrastinating, stop making excuses, start believing in ourselves, and to start shipping our work. “Your work is too important to be left to how you feel today.” And I’ll paraphrase another quote, ‘We don’t do the work because we feel like doing it, we feel like doing the work because we do it.’
This book has shifted my perspective on writing from procrastination, fear, and angst, to a mindset of loving the process and not focusing on the outcome. Godin received a solid 5 stars from me on my Goodreads. (Side bar: if you have a Goodreads account let’s be friends — @elle jayne) It’s a must-read for any creator looking to hone in on their craft.
Here’s to shipping our creative work!
Do you experience “writer’s block?” What helps you move past procrastination? What’s your biggest challenge with creating consistently?
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this intriguing issue all creators face.
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