How to kill inspiration

Inspiration is in best case a positive label you put on yourself when you work faster and create higher quality than usual. And you need to trash that label.

Lack of inspiration is a negative label often used to excuse low quality or that a project just took  longer to complete than expected.

If you are looking for an artist to do business with and your candidate is talking about ‘being inspired’ you would want to investigate just what that means before signing a contract. Inspiration is something you feel (wrongly) dependent on in the beginning. Not something you rely on as a professional.

How to kill inspiration

Stephanie the inspirational Naked Mole Rat

Hi. I’m Stephanie the Naked Mole Rat. I can eat concrete and I’m immune to cancer and my secret identity is Inspiration.

Here’s my a suggestion: Change your look on inspiration. Inspiration is not a Devine power from above. Inspiration is a Naked Mole Rat. Yeah, like the one in the photo. Not something you want to be dependent on to do your work! But the Naked Mole Rat – let’s call her Stephanie – is apparently immune to cancer and it can chew through concrete. So whenever Steph does show up she’s gonna kick ass!

How to force inspiration

You can force Steph, the inspirational Mole Rat, to show up. All it takes is one simple step:

  1. Ignore her.

If you ignore inspiration and keep working – brute forcing your art if you will – inspiration will come. However, I hate calling it inspiration. That implies that it’s something disconnected from you. It’s not! It’s just you producing great work! If you prefer you can think of inspiration as Stephanie, the Naked Mole Rat, visiting, showering you with her awesome abilities. All you need to do is to be at your desk, working.

Benefits of killing inspiration

You don’t need a word to dictate the quality of your work. You have only yourself to blame if you preform badly. And don’t you dare give credit to inspiration when you produce great work!

We can all have bad days. By blaming ourselves we might actually be able to analyze why we performed badly and learn from it. Plus, by not mentioning inspiration – ever – you appear professional to your clients; you are in control of your process – not the other way around.

Thanks for reading.

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