Creativity and freedom

Amateur artists are obsessed with freedom.

They mistakenly believe that freedom is the condition for creativity. When inspiration strikes, they act quickly and discard their routines to stoke the creative fire.

They paint their room, wear their outfit, make their food with immense creativity.

Except, that is not how great art is made.

For great art to happen, wander needs rigour.

It is to regularise the trivial, to reduce the number of decisions for the small thing. Using those energy to focus on doing art that matters, for people who care.

So, no. Great art is not created with absolute freedom. It is made by extreme discipline.

And it might be worth thinking hard about the routines and system you need to support real kind of creativity.

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