There, I said it. In fact, if you know me, you've probably heard me say it before. Likely, you'll hear me say it again.
That statement is simultaneously an observation and an excuse for nearly every creatively minded person who has ever existed.
It's also an identification of a more subtle issue most creative types face, that of work.
Creating is hard because creating is work, and it is work that relies almost in its entirety on the creator to work. If you're a creator or know one, you know that many of us are not the most disciplined types. We have this incredible zeal to create and, sometimes, none of the practical capacity to actually do it.
So, in reality, working is hard.
Yeah, yeah, I know, but before you roll your eyes and dismiss what I'm saying, consider what I'm saying. Most people don't work for themselves. Most people who do work for themselves do so in businesses that have some chance of at least moderate return on the investment. Most people don't work at undertakings that depend entirely on their ability to make it up as they go.
Sure, that's a troll for sympathy, but it's also an acknowledgement of the truth. If creative work was easy, everybody would be doing it and we'd be so awash in masterful artwork and classic writing it would be commonplace. Instead, it's hard and, as a result, rare.
But, it can be less rare, and that's where you come in, whether you're a creator yourself or just someone who supports a creator. I'm not even talking about money. Instead, I'm talking about one of the things I know I, and most creators, crave: ask us how to make it easier and be willing to act on what you hear. You'll likely be surprised at what they say and how easy it is to do.
For example, for me, the thing I need more than anything else is for the people closest to me, who believe in what I am trying to do the most, to keep telling me it's okay to be doing it at all. This is a dark shadows of the soul mea culpa, but the fact is that I struggle almost daily with a sense of guilt about creating: that it's not productive or that I have better things to do. The fact is I don't. Being a creator is who I am, the state where I am most complete, and the state at which I am the most fragile.
Sure, again, maybe I'm trolling for sympathy, but I'm also sharing this to help those of you who care about creators understand where creators are coming from when they sit there and moan that creating is hard. It is, though often not for the reasons you might think. Ask about it. You might find it's a problem you can help solve.