I never had this doubt.
I was singularly convinced of the magical powers of procrastination.
You conserve your thoughts, creativity, energy, all building up to that one moment. The compressed strength and creative energy is like liquefied petroleum gas and the pressure of the deadline, an inflammable element, that unleashes it all in a big boom of your best self with heightened senses, sharpened focus and superior performance.
You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
— Bill Watterson
So all the while people would speak of discipline and routine cetera. I agreed and decided to tailor it to my life and personality – to the extent that I was most diligent in my study and pursuit of procrastination.
Recently however, I came across something which caught my eye-
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
— Jane Yolen
So the discipline they speak of, is not to hone your talent or support creativity, but to hone your ability to express them?
I understand this difference. Having the ingredients is different from bringing them together in a recipe. Which is still different from having made the dish before…
Promises of potential are but smoke. Till they become instances one can witness and experience.
Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”
– Dorothy Parker