Woke up excited about starting a new piece today and started in on the foundation early in the morning. Of course procrastination struck, and here I am writing about it. I am about to dive back into the work but I wanted to capture this odd push & pull that I am certain happens to others working on creative endeavors. There are a couple of theories as to why this happens: fear of failure or of success, boredom, perfectionism, losing control, blah, blah, blah.
Most of what I read about artists, musicians, writers, carpenters, etc, is that you just have to show up. I find that learning how others work and design their lives around their need to create is something that always helps me to refine my own way to work. In my research and readings I consistently find this concept - plan on the best time(s) for you, do what you need to do and then "do". Let the muse do its thing. Sometimes s/he is there, sometimes not. The point of it is to be ready to do your thing and release expectations of the outcome. Repetition and finding your own groove is the way to build the creative muscle and failure is the best way to learn and grow.
Also, be open for happy accidents : )
This is a link to a Ted talk from Elizabeth Gilbert that not only is one of my favorites, but is more inspiring and humbling every time I view it: Your Elusive Creative Genius -->