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.