We all yearn for that flash of inspiration that pilots us through the next difficult chapter or short story. Yet our Muse is not the kind of creature to clock in at a regular schedule. Nor will it perform on an empty stomach. The care and feeding of your muse is essential if you want to cultivate your creative side.
Artificial intelligence has many artists and writers running for cover. We fear that this simple algorithm will spell the end of our abilities to create. Yet, if we flip the situation around, AI will liberate the artists, allowing them to freely explore.
Memory aids and brain boosts are available by the truckload. Apps advertise how to retain more and keep your brain fit. However, it turns out that your brain is built to forget. In fact, the natural state of many animals is to forget.
Our brains only have a limited amount of thinking space. Researchers have discovered that sketching allows you to map your thoughts onto paper.
Within your mind, sits a drunken monkey who constantly chatters idea after idea. This is what we artists have to cope with while settling down to compose or write.
We learn early in life that the results are more important than the process. But the reverse is more correct.
The Artist Prince created so many finished songs, there’s a bank vault in his home dedicated to preserving them.
Make friends with that vague, undefined world of waiting. Then you can allow the best ideas to percolate to the top.
Often us writers want to create a perfect chapter right out of the gate. But this just isn’t practical.
There exists a space between the desire to write and actually sitting down to get the words on the page: This is the abyss. Too many writers fall into it and never return.