The water of your life beckons. Are you not thirsty?
What would today look like if you had 10% more faith? More faith in you. More faith in someone else. More faith that more words will come. More faith that the most important thing you can do is start where you are with what you have. More faith that once you take one step, another one will appear.
You don't have to do it all on your own, and you don't have to come up with the ideas all on your own.
Take a class and let creative contagion do its proper job.
Make your art a priority over order, even for just a week, and see what happens.
Pour it all out and then decide what goes into your next piece of work. Pour it all out so it's no longer blocking the rest of your creative ideas. Because there will always be another idea. There will always be more words, more inspiration. Don't be the dam, be the flood.
Other people are the most reliable access points for expanding our creative world. Find those people. Go to them. Be an active participant in establishing an environment for your creative practice.
You are resourceful. You have great creative capacity. The next creative step is within your grasp and there's one right after it.
Claim the space. Occupy it. Let the editing and second drafts and third drafts follow, but only after your flag is firmly planted.
Give yourself an opportunity to start and finish in one sitting. Make 5 or 10 minutes of creative investment turn into done. When I hear people say they don't have time or opportunity to be creative, I say make it smaller.
Be wiling to challenge what you think you know by saying it out loud. Or by writing it on paper. It works just the same.
Be willing to express it. Turn it inside out.
Discover your knowing.
You are not obligated to what you have or what you know.
The things and ideas you hold on to out of obligation are burdens, and you pay a mental tax on those burdens.
Trace a line that's already been drawn. Repeat yourself. Try to walk in someone else's shoes down a familiar road to reach the same conclusion.
Instead of banking the measure of your creative genius on an uninspired moment, let yourself off the creativity hook and take a leisure moment.
If you want to change your output, you either have to change your input or how you process it. Or both.
Make a change and call it an experiment. Open a door you've been keeping closed. Take an obstacle and redefine it as a resource.
Let yourself be surprised, maybe even astonished.
Certainty and creativity are not peas in the same pod.
Control and creativity are not peas in the same pod.
Seed a little destruction into the process to release attachment.
Follow what happens next. It may take you to unexpected places with your creativity.
If you're unsure about where to start, start in the middle and figure it out from there. The beginning and the end do not really matter anyway. Honestly, they are just mental punctuation.
Just start. Release your creativity from yourself. Be willing to be surprised by what comes next.
Consider the freedom that comes with having a standing reservation for your creativity. Or anything else you're devoted to. It's the freedom to experiment. It's the freedom to explore.
The blank page isn't your starting point.
Your starting point is the result you imagine.
You won't arrive there because that's where you start.
The imagined result is the call to sit, to start, to accept the risk.
Make something with your hands so you can feel...the way touch and thinking initially compete for attention, and thinking tries to convince you to let your hands be idle.
Persevere. Stick it out.
Eventually touch takes over and you are present, with your hands, in a moment of creative pleasure.