My work in music sometimes feels like feast or famine… less in terms of dollars and more in terms of inspiration. Ever gone through a drought of creative energy, followed by a time of amazing clarity? Is that rollercoaster be the norm for you? Sometimes it feels that way for me.
But… one comfort for me is that the droughts are shortened during the months when my butt sits in the composer’s chair, or on the piano bench, on a daily basis. Discipline produces the best results. Even 20 minutes per day seem to accumulate in a snowball effect, or like a bike rolling down a hill, faster and faster, until crashing into the next big idea.
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
(And go after it every day.)
“Of inspiration one percent; of perspiration, ninety nine.” – Thomas Edison
I came across this blog about creative work. It uses those words of Edison as its manifesto: http://99u.com/
Lots of articles and videos. Check it out!