The Balance

I wish I could push myself harder, and I wish I could work smarter (not longer).

I wish I could read more (not faster) and I wish I could write more.

I wish I had more time for learning, but I also wish I had more time for teaching.

Some of these goals are more important than others, but this doesn’t mean that I can’t work towards all of them.

As always, balance is the key.

Predictable

Being predictable is not always a bad thing.

A predictable product that works well is much better than an unpredictable one that has no function.

Predictable story plot with much emotional substance and strong, interesting characters is much better than an unpredictable story with weak characters you can’t relate to.

Predictable move that gives great results is much better than unpredictable one executed on a whim.

But predictable has one drawback. It quickly becomes boring. And people tend to ignore boring.

The way around it? Every now and then do something unpredictable and risky. Even if it doesn’t work out, it will make your audience more invested, and your next predictable move more bearable.

Creative Inertia

Starting is one the most difficult parts of any creative endeavour.

The good thing is, though, that once you start, you got the inertia working for you. And once you pick up a certain momentum, you’ll actually be hard to stop.

So start now, that’s the hard part. It will get easier later.