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Consistency and Art

If you say in the art world long enough, one of the things you will hear is "consistency is key." Over and over again, as if say it more will make it true. Consistency, consistency, consistency.

Consistency is not achievable for so many people for so many different reasons. Nor is it everyone's goal. Real-life happens. Family and school and friends and days where you just really don't want to and sickness and dinner with your coworkers-- there are so many reasons that art is not a consistent part of a routine. And I argue it shouldn't be.

Art is supposed to be something that moves you. It's the same way some people look at a Jackson Pollack painting and see drips of paint and other people see emotions. If it moves you-- it's art. If it doesn't, it's not. At least not to you. I feel the same way about making art.

I write because something moves me. A concept, a character, a theme. Not everything moves me or compels me every day. There are different emotions every day, so why would I feel inspired every day? To me, it makes much more sense to create passionately when I feel inspired and do nothing when I don't feel like it.

This is all to say, between starting a new job (which I adore) in June and my mental health taking some twists and turns-- I haven't created anything in a solid few months. Now that I'm in a better place mentally and I'm settling into my new job nicely, I feel inspired again. I want to create again. I am excited to create again.

Who knows how long that will last? Not me. And I'm fine with that. I would much rather ride the waves of inspiration than try to force something that just isn't there.

Speaking of consistency-- National Novel Writing Month is coming up in November. It may be the only time of year I completely disregard my fun "go with the flow, wait for your muse" spirit and grind out as much writing as humanly possible. All writing advice (and advice about art in general) is subject and should be taken with a grain of salt!

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