One of my favorite writing quotes is a quote that has a bit of history to it:
“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”
A new paper ran it as a quote from an author that I’ve never really heard of in 1966, and in the quote the author, Herman Wouk, ascribed the quote to William Faulkner. There are of course several other versions and other authors that attribute it to William Faulkner, and some of them are funnier than others.
It speaks to the tenacity with which we can face the tasks at hand.
It speaks to the need for inspiration, but it finds inspiration in discipline.
It’s funny, but regular practices, disciplines, and intentional focus – these aren’t punishments or indictments to the creative process. Discipline is the fundamental framework that enables creativity.