Motivation can be tough to find when you’re stuck on a creative roadblock, or afraid to move on from a project that’s not perfect.
Here are a few quotes from some of my favourite creative people.
Maybe they can help you finish the work, put it out, and move on:
1. Ira Glass on prolific creation.
“Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through”
2. Twyla Tharp on creative rituals.
In her book, The Creative Habit, Twyla talks about how she wakes up early every day to hit the gym before she dances. She says the biggest step to the ritual isn’t the gym, it’s calling the cab.
“The ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put into my body through each morning at the gym; the ritual is the cab.”
Small rituals seem insignificant until you compound them overtime.
3. Austin Kleon on sharing your work.
“Forget about being an expert or a professional, and wear your amateurism (your heart, your love) on your sleeve. Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.”
4. Maya Angelou on knowing when the work is done.
“One of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, “No. No, I’m finished. Bye.” And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won’t do that.”
How many times a week do you dedicate to making the art you love making?
Set a time to sit down and do it. Make creativity a habit, not a thing dependent on capricious inspiration.