Eventually everybody posts about giving up. If you follow a single creative person you know this. The message is usually--and rightfully--don't give up. Take a break but come back to it. Darkest before the dawn and you rock harder than you know.
I'm not going to do that.
I'm going to say let that shit go and find your bliss elsewhere. Not everything needs to be done. Not by me, not by you. There's something about the artistic mind that likes beating the shit out of itself, so while you may think you're on a hiatus of new discovery there's a deep-seated part of that lizard brain of yours that keeps pounding at the door from the sliver of light you left: that hope of yours that you'll come back to "it" some day. "It" can be an individual project, it can be your entire form; you'll set it nicely aside, as many a blog will tell you, and the two of you will enjoy a reunion that's just barely non-sexual. What you're doing here is this: You're giving yourself the no-win scenario of "I don't want you but I'll come back to you," which is living entirely on your art's terms and not yours.
Sometimes what you're doing will consume you and you have to tell it it doesn't have the right to do that. Maybe you worked on a piece for 3 years and you feel so little joy for it that it borders on hatred. Let it go. There are more ideas inside you than you'll ever get to. Recognize that your art will test you. It'll often feel like a no-win scenario. What then, my friend?
Change the conditions of the test. Say no to yourself more often and--here's the kicker--be cool with that. An idea is a precious thing only to an extent. After that, if it drags more than uplifts, it's a burden.
Let shit go. If you come back to it, fine. If not, equally fine. The no-win scenario is all about feeling trapped, but that's only if you play by the presumptions and suppositions of a test which you yourself created.
Life, the universe, and everything creative
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