I don’t think I’m getting my thoughts out properly. It feels like thereâ€™s a gap between what I want to say (portray, write, etc.) and what I actually say. Iâ€™m clumsily groping for the words to express what Iâ€™m trying to say. The solution: allow yourself to do things badly.
- Make 1000 bad drawings
- Paint 1000 bad paintings
- Write 1000 bad blog posts
- Play 1000 piano songs, badly
Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m setting out to make anything thatâ€™s bad, but that Iâ€™m making things and allowing them to be bad. The only way to get better is to allow yourself the opportunity to do bad work.
I forgot that I was doing this (this blog; this artwork; etc.) for myself. Everything doesnâ€™t have to be perfectly crafted for display to others. Sometimes itâ€™s more important to get the ideas out as they happen. Thatâ€™s the reason why I promised myself to do 50 posts in a year. Some of it will be rushed, premature, poorly thought out, but the main goal is to just get it out. This isnâ€™t a place to withhold.
Doing something badly isnâ€™t a waste of time. The biggest unknown challenge for an artist is to get good before they realize that theyâ€™re doing it badly. Thatâ€™s why so many people give up art when theyâ€™re still children. They realize that theyâ€™re not very good. People who do art well into adulthood blissfully keep making art until theyâ€™re well past the point that they realize their childhood art wasnâ€™t very good. Theyâ€™ll look back at their early art and think to themselves, “I can’t believe I thought that was good.”
The hardest obstacle to get over is for an artist is to not be very good; to know theyâ€™re not very good; and yet still need to do art, to know that they need to do art to get better, and to know that they wonâ€™t get better without doing the art that they know will be bad.