Writer Julia Cameron talks about ‘just showing up at the page’, the day-in, day-out process of just sitting down to write. No more waiting for the creative muse to appear. No more waiting for inspiration to strike. No more waiting for the perfect paper, the perfect pen, the perfect peace and quiet. In the words of Nike, Just Do It. It’s a less glamorous version of the writer’s life, but it works.
I came across some similar thinking in an entertaining TED talk by author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have time (20 minutes) it’s worth watching a) because she is humorous and b) because she hits the nail on the head when she talks about taking the ego out of the creative process.
I am all for taking the ego out of writing. I’m also a major fan of taking the ego out of any job: leading, managing, coaching or whatever. Just do the work.