“It seems like constraints make work harder but they’re actually easier because we know what we can work with. The fun is seeing what we can get out of it.”
When I’m having a hard time making progress, I’ll pick a constraint. Paper is a great example.
“Every artist figures out pretty quickly: When you can do everything, you do nothing.”
(What a quote!)
“Pencils and paper are for the generative state. When it comes to conveying ideas to other people, they keyboard is the magical device.” – Clive Thompson
Figuring out when to use a pencil and paper versus a keyboard and screen is much more important than it seems. I’ve learned this through morning pages.
“When I copy a passage by hand, I slow down and really read it.”
How much do we really read, and how much do we simply skim? Did you read this article, truly, or did you just glance over it? You might be surprised at how often you give something only a cursory bit of attention.
Reminds me of: ‘The Artist’s Way‘ by Julia Camera