small steps

December 17, 2013

I'm currently working on a few projects that require small, daily steps. I liked this excerpt from Julia Cameron's book "The Sound of Paper," as it speaks to this reality of creative progress:

"I don't know why it is that we fail to talk about art in terms of humble diligence. So much of making a career as an artist consists of the small strokes, the willingness to show up and try on a daily basis. So much of being good at something consists of being practiced at something so that the sudden gusts of a deadline blowing into your work space doesn't turn you into a terrorist, wild-haired and wild-eyed, unable to muster muscle and nerve enough to simply stick to the page. As artists, we can make our work daily and doable enough that we give it its daily measure of time and consistency. We can show up for our artist and, if we do, when we call on it, our artist will show up for us."

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