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Breaking through the brick wall

Physicists say that if you throw a tennis ball against a brick wall enough times, it just might go through—without breaking the wall. It sounds unbelievable, but they swear by it. If you’re an artist, writer, college professor, athlete, you know this is actually no more than common fact. For how many times have you been up against a brick wall, and then had a sudden epiphany? Before you knew what was happening, you were on the other side of writers block, and smack dab in the middle of a great and original idea.

Inspiration, epiphany, sudden clarity—these things do not come naturally. Very few are born brilliant, at least when it comes to creativity and brawn.. For most of us, it takes daily, hourly discipline. Whether you are a film producer, an oil landscape painter, a poet, an author, professor, basketball or football player or doctor, perfecting your work is not a matter of randomness or reckless abandon or random impulse (although these have their place). Rather, creativity and productivity are governed by good behavior, orderliness, control, obedience. Ask any artist or successful person who has accomplished anything noteworthy and the odds are they’ll tell you the same thing: to produce anything of value requires great self-control, self-discipline, self-government, and self-restraint.

Creativity is a craft, not an impulse. Art is a labor of love. It comes to those who care and who listen. Only with great strain, sorrow, woe, hardship is beauty wrought and won. New York Times bestsellers weren’t written overnight. Hollywood blockbusters were not created in a random, unplanned, unsystematic, unmethodical, or disorganized manner, and great doctors, professors, football and basketball players were not made overnight.

If you ever want to break through that brick wall, you must be persistent in your craft. If you ever wish to overcome writer’s block, you must humble yourself to the discipline of your work. Good production, like all good things, comes with care. Although romantic, the artist’s life is one of daily regulation, direction, order. Writers and creative thinkers who get the job done have a developed rule, a strictness and a firm hand at their job. They live by routine, regimen. Their art is a craft, a labor of love.
Sherri Rosen & Tyler Blanski, Sherri Rosen Publicity, New York City

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