“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
It’s hard be creative when you’ve been told your whole life to sit down, quiet down, slow down, keep it down, raise your hand, follow the leader, and play by the rules – and when you are trying to teach your children to obey you and the rules, but you desperately want them to keep their natural creativity. Everything in our world seems to be oriented toward numbing our creativity. I find it helpful to force myself every day to spend time practicing creativity. It may seem un-creative to do so, but it’s not. Many people confuse creativity with spontaneity. Scheduling time to be creative is a great way to awaken your natural creativity. Creativity is like a muscle that has atrophied from lack of use. Regular exercise makes it strong again.