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Things are better without an imposed timeframe.

I recognize that 'creativity & productivity can't be commanded'.

So, rather than try to force myself I've learned to ease-off and patiently bide my time, heartened by this Bukowski riff:

'What do you do? How do you write, create?'

You don't, I told them. You don't try.

That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more.

It's like a bug high on the wall.

You wait for it to come to you.

When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it.

Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it.

Am I seriously advocating 'sit on your arse and do nought'?

Yep. If that feels right. And not if it doesn't.

Of course it's ridiculously self-indulgent… but in my life 'wait until the moment arrives' has often worked, so I'll stick with it, and when it feels right unquestioningly do it.

As further evidence in my defence…

'The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.'
Abe Tannenbaum

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
Steve Jobs

So yeah… relax, don't sweat it. 😉

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