Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quote o' the Day

... So, when does inspiration strike and can we control it?

Gwen Stefani says it much more eloquently than I can:

“Sometimes it's so hard to find what it is I'm trying to say.  People might think you can turn creativity on and off, but it's not like that.  It just kind of comes out.  A mash up of all these things you collect in your mind.  You never know when it's gonna happen, but when it's like magic.  It's just that simple and it's just that hard.”  -- Gwen Stefani

If what Gwen said above is true, and, in my experience, it is, then the answer is no - we can't control when inspiration strikes.  And that means that when it does, we must be prepared to drop our plans and follow it.

So let's summarize my hypothesis:

If, to maximize your chances of creating great art, you have to pursue inspiration every time it strikes and, if you never know when it's going to strike, then, to produce great work, you will, necessarily have to "blow off" some tasks if you want to take advantage of that inspiration.

So you tell me - when inspiration does strike, should you head to the studio and start creating or should you run errands?

And the funny thing is, the more you create, the more it happens.  It's a self-sustaining feedback loop.  ...

from:  Why Great Artists Should Procrastinate
             by Clint Watson
at:    <-- a good read


  1. I say run to the studio and forget those boring errands!!

  2. I agree with all you've said and then some. It has been my experiencing that even thought inspiration strikes sporadically, we can do things to enhance the process. One of the most important things is simple showing up in your studio. Some of my best work has happened when I didn't feel like doing anything, but had a deadline looming. Another factor is simply noticing the things you gravitate to on a consistent basis and pursuing those things more intentionally. Yes, I think that simply showing up everyday in the studio will cause inspiration to follow as surely as a pet will follow you around.