The best way to prepare for a spark of inspiration, is consistency.
There’s a quote from Pablo Picasso that says, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Preparation for the spark of creativity, is one of the best ways to ensure that your art will come into being.
I think rest is important. I also think discipline is important. I live somewhere between the two of these ideals. There’s a lot of times when my mindset leans too far one way. Sometimes, I get caught up in lots of rest and stop thinking critically. Other times I get too focused on getting it done, and lose the human piece.
There’s no perfect middle. You have to rest. And you have to be consistent especially with what you’re called to do. There’s was a time in my life where I was so tired, physically, spiritually, and mentally that all I could do was rest and write. Some days I couldn’t even write. And of course not writing would send me down the spiral. But after the hard times, for a brief period, I was given the time and space to do whatever I wanted. So I spent all my time reading and writing and talking to writers from morning to night. During that time, I was inspired, I got a lot of content out, and even made new writing friends. I miss them.
I’m still trying to figure all this out. The balance. The sacrifice. What takes priority. There’s worse things in the world than this. And there’s better. I guess the point I’m trying to make here is, writing when times were hard made writing when I had all the time and resources so much more enjoyable. Art takes investment and some foolishness to grow. Do the work while you have the chance now, so that when you have more resources you’ll be ready to take the world by storm.