Do It Anyway

Behind the Scenes Things That Matter

Look, sometimes inspiration just doesn't happen. You set out with the best of intentions to create something amazing. Or maybe even just good. Some days it's enough to simply be able to say "I did a good job", and let that be your gold star. But even "good" isn't happening today. You don't know why. You planned ahead, you cleared your schedule, you have all your supplies. You even brought healthy snacks. Snacks! Your muse has run off and your brain has got nothing.

 

We've all been there, and if you're reading this right now because you're there at this very moment, know that you're about as un-alone as it gets. Let's talk about the neat quote at the top of this page.

"Stop pretending art is hard."

Here's the thing. Art totally is hard sometimes. It doesn't matter whether we're talking about putting written words to paper, channeling our creativity into a presentation, painting a landscape, playing a song, or crafting a bar of soap. Coming up with those concepts and bringing them to life can most definitely be hard, in the sense that yes, sometimes it's going to be a lot of work and sometimes you're going to get really stumped.

But the essence of that message still rings beautifully true. Don't let the idea that art is hard stop you from getting started or keep you from trying again after you've failed. Stop pretending that art is something you can't do. You're going to get stuck and sometimes your work, honestly, isn't going to be any good. In fact, maybe a lot of it is going to be flat out terrible. But that's true of all of us. It's actually the only way anyone ever gets better.

For right now, just get that pencil to the page. I personally invite you to suck.

Do it anyway.


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  • Keri

    I hate that Nike made it a cliché, but the best way to do art is to just do it. Dig in, plan or no plan. At least that’s how I paint.

  • Michelle

    I totally agree, Iost an entire post yesterday that was in the moment of my emotions and from my heart. Rewrote it but it didn’t feel the same and went with another post. Today I’m procrastinating. I know what to write about and it won’t be hard but I don’t feel like doing it or being disciplined. Day 10 is tough.

  • Danielle

    Absolutely! Art IS hard. There’s a lot of pressure to get it right. Maybe it’s not hard for Amanda Palmer because she’s Amanda Palmer, but even her husband Neil Gaiman says writing is hard.

    But yeah, you have to do it anyways. Time stops for no one.


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