Creative work

In this note by Cory Doctorow, I noticed that when you make creative work your business, inspiration truly does become irrelevant. The only thing that matters is production. When you’re just cranking the stuff out, it’s all going to level out in the end. You get good at doing that. It’s like flipping pizza dough. One more reason why I never want to make my creative work my business. Sucks all the joy out of it. I prefer to leave that task to my job.


4 thoughts on “Creative work

  1. I think the idea is not to only be happy when you’re “inspired”, but to enjoy the work so that it doesn’t feel like work. That’s what Ray Bradbury did. I think that’s what most of us hope for.

    One note off topic. Tom, did you see all those negative comments on that article by Cory Doctorow? I think there’s something wrong with that. He’s being bullied terribly. Someone should report that.


    • but what happens when you’re just bored with it, like I have been lately, but you still need to do it because you made it your job? That’s the position I never want to be in. I can be bored with my job and still just go in and do it but I think if I had to write fiction for a living I would probably stop writing forever! But that’s just me.

      I didn’t see the comments. Don’t you hate internet bullying? It’s just crazy. Why do people do that?


      • I can’t imagine being bored with writing. I’m probably the wrong person to try to answer that.

        I think there are times where I need a mental break from it, because I’ve taxed myself emotionally and mentally when working on some things. I remember a story about Truman Capote. I think it was him.

        After he finished one of the stories he had been working on, I think it was ‘In Cold Blood,’ that he felt he would never write again.

        It took him more than a year to be able to put pen to paper again. And then, he never wrote another book again, only articles.

        As writers, we have to be careful with our mental faculties, because they are so tied to emotional aspects of who we are.

        I know for myself, I have to hold back a part of myself from the writing process. I cannot give everything over to it, because I know what it can do. I’m not sure if you know what I’m talking about, but when you give too much of yourself to this work, it will drain you.

        Tom, I hope this gets better for you. You’re such a great storyteller.


  2. I’m always glad to get your perspective on these things. I can relate to Capote’s comment, because I often feel like I’m done for good, and I wouldn’t mind if I truly was. I’ve already written quite enough – if not too much – already. And when I’m in one of these non-writing spells, however long it lasts, I’m usually quite happy about it. Writing for me is part passion, part addiction, part obsession, and I totally rely on “inspiration”, in contrast to the post linked to above. If I don’t have it, I’m running on fumes, and I’d never get far that way. When I’m out of it, I’m quite at peace. Until the next bout begins!


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