How do I start this?
This is the first of many terrifying questions one may ask themselves when endeavoring to write something.
This is what I am asking myself right now.
The point of this blog is extol the virtues of habit.
And one habit that I have been trying to accomplish is writing a blog every week for the studio’s website.
I have been failing so far at this habit.
And if I stop writing this blog, then I will continue failing at it.
If you’re reading this, it means that I did not stop writing.
I finally took a first step in achieving my objective.
But in order for me to do this I had to turn off that part of the mind filled with judgment.
Right now, there is a big part of my mind saying that this isn’t very good.
I could write something more articulate, coherent, interesting.
A part of my mind that is suggesting I scrap this, and try again at expressing what it is that I am trying to express.
But I’ve been down that road so many times.
And the result has been no blog for weeks.
So again, if you’re reading this I took a different approach.
I kept writing, and finished this.
Irrespective of how “good” or “bad” I perceive this to be (and right now, leaning towards “bad”), I completed the thing.
Like the quote in Hamlet- “for there is nothing good or bad, but thinking only makes it so.”
Part of the benefit of a habit is that it takes some of the thinking away.
This is important as too much thinking can paralyze you into not creating at all.
If I started thinking a bit more about this than I would stop writing.
But I continue.
Partly because I recall so many times a student will send in a script they’ve written with a preface of how awful it is.
I’ll read the script, and have an entirely different opinion (as will the class when we read it out loud).
This is not some hokey encouragement, but the honest truth!
I think we can very often be unreliable evaluators of our own talent.
But even as I write this I evaluate my writing to be bad.
Okay, but I still write.
And I am doing this in hopes that it gives you some encouragement to keep creating as well.
I am making a habit to writing a blog once a week.
In this blog, I hope to do my best in sharing my perspective, advice, and perspective on creativity.
This perspective is forged from my own experiences in my own creative pursuits, as well as helping countless artists in their own.
My hope is that by sharing my thoughts it will give you some motivation, encouragement to create yourself.
The first thing to do is commit to a habit.
What habit can you commit to?
Maybe it’s practicing a monologue for thirty minutes every day?
Maybe it’s reading a script once a day?
Or writing for fifteen minutes?
Again, don’t worry about giving a great performance, or writing a great piece.
If I worried about that with this blog, then I never would’ve finished it.
The key is to commit to the habit.
You may not always be satisfied with the results.
But be proud you made something.
And share it. Even with just one other person.
I’ve seen countless students nervously share a work with a close circle of friends who ultimately loved the piece!
I’ve celebrated with students winning major awards, getting into top universities with work that they had initially thought was not worth sharing.
If you commit to a creative habit, I cannot guarantee you will ever be fully satisfied with the results.
But I guarantee you will create some work that others will love.
And like so many of our students before, you will look back with enormous satisfaction at the habits you committed to and the wonderful results of all that hard work.