This is a great post: How to steal like an artist. There’s lots of great stuff there, but I just want to highlight this point:
Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done.
As Flaubert said, “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
I’m a boring guy with a 9-5 job who lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife and his dog.
That whole romantic image of the bohemian artist doing drugs and running around and sleeping with everyone is played out. It’s for the superhuman and the people who want to die young.
The thing is: art takes a lot of energy to make. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.
Some of the most incredible performers are actually quiet, reserved people. Those flamboyant extroverts are not always great on stage. The quiet ones who sit back and observe, they’re the one’s who are often performers with the broadest palette.
He also writes:
It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make.
Done. (And good advice!)
BTW, The author, Austin Kleon has a fantastic art project called Newspaper Blackout where he creates poetry by blacking out all but a few selected words in news articles: