Again and Again

Any creative pursuit is just that, a pursuit. There is nothing mystical about it. Pursuing creativity requires only time. Give time to it and progression will occur. It is the only guarantee those of us who have chosen this path have. Whether writing or drawing, the defining factor is repeatedly coming back to the work.

In her short but instructional book Sketch!: The Non-Artist’s Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life, France Belleville-Van Stone lends a practical definition of talent with a hint of the spiritual:

If talent exists, my definition of it is this: it is the capacity to spend innumerable hours doing something and to believe that somehow it matters. And perhaps if God had a hand in it, it was in planting that tenacity in some of us.

Our capacity to keep returning to the work despite its difficulty is what helps us become what we dream to be and to create what we aspire to create.

Like Ira Glass’ take on taste and storytelling, these concepts give those with creative pursuits the only roadmap for those who are always wondering and looking for how.

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