Portrait of the Artist as a Man
January 11, 2015

The Under-appreciated Benefits of Creative Consistency

The Under-appreciated Benefits of Creative Consistency

I wanted to excerpt tis who article. From Sparring Mind:

Consistency begets consistency. A person in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by a Netflix binge session. The creative mind is much like machinery. Too much work and you overload it, too little and a decrepit state of rusty thinking awaits you. Keep the process humming by allowing the steady flow of work to never let the mental cobwebs settle.

When you’re consistent, it means never having to restart. I’m getting back into the swing of things,” famous last words uttered by countless people with schedules as reliable as the weather. Constant progress keeps morale high, keeps enthusiasm brimming, and increases your investment in a project

A propos of routine, I found this in my feed reader today. Constant progress keeps you motivated and your work top of mind. When you can relax into something, you form better connections with it to the world outside.

Consistency is integral to creativity. Writing doesn’t just transfer ideas, it creates them. The same can be said for all creative work. There is a risk, as Bruce Lee says, that If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” The inverse is rarely true, as doing something requires thinking about it. Consistent work puts you where the good ideas can find you.

With constant work comes constant inspiration. This is how you build inspiration, serendipity.

Routine makes your muse.


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