“You break experience up into pieces and you put them together in different combinations, and some are real and some are not, some are documentary, and some are imagined…It takes a pedestrian and literal mind to be worried about which is true and which is not true. It’s all of it not true, and it’s all of it true.”
— Author Walter Stegner in an interview with Richard Etulain
Fact or fiction, our lives are but are an amalgamation of experience and imagination, neither of which explains the factual nature of our origins. Context fence-sits to prove no foreseeable answer, one that needs no seeking anyway.
The above quote is lifted from the afterword in Wallace Stegner’s novel Crossing to Safety, a highly recommended read.
“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close
Inspiration strikes when you do the work, not when you wait for it to come.
Seeking inspiration is an excuse for inaction. It’s the reason why so many of us start but never finish.
What you need instead of inspiration is a willingness to be ruthless and consistent about an idea.
Productive people are a bit mad and selfish for a reason. They don’t want to wait for the rest of the world to push them or agree with them. They want to make their own contributions right now.
This present moment is all we have. The more you do in it, the more you have to play with and refine. The endless need for output and perfection are true inspirations that drive the need to ship something that matters.