For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. 
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
Ernest Hemingway

If you ask anyone who creates, you strive to hit a zone with your work. I call it “Writing by Angels,” sometimes I am just typing something to see where it goes, I trust inspiration (and the Angels) and go with it. I’ve heard a guitar play say he was so into the groove that he was tempted to take his hands off the instrument and see if it kept playing. Actors can become their characters, standup comedians get a high from “killing” their audience. We reach a place when creating something feels like we are in another dimension, as if we are channeling something. (Cue Twilight Zone theme).

When I began to study creativity, I learned that creative people will freely tell you that they draw from someplace beyond themselves when they create. Call it the Collective Unconscious or simply “Inspiration” but there are countless stories of artists who wake up with a new song in their head, a shower time resolution to a story or a “bolt out of the blue” that gives them the idea they needed.

That’s not to say Creativity is all wild ideas and crazy typing, being a successful creative takes skills (by successful, I am saying you have the ability to apply your inspirations, I’m not talking about commercial success. That’s something else altogether). You need discipline, technique and determination to get beyond the idea part.

We call creativity: “Applied Imagination” and without the applied part, you are simply a daydreamer. Daydreamers are great, but artists actually ship.

So, learn your craft and then allow yourself to trust your inspiration, in either order, and you will truly be an artist.

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. 
Let them think you were born that way.
Ernest Hemingway

 

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