Everybody is an artist.  Maybe some are artists for only an hour or a day and a few others probably have creative notions for just a few minutes in their lifetime.  But without knowing it, we have, at some point in our lives, experienced flashes of inspiration not different from those of experts.  The only difference is amateurs cannot command themselves to be creative all the time.  It largely depends on their mood.  Professionals, on the other hand, can repeatedly turn on their mood switch under any circumstances.  It is understandably so since that’s how they make a living.


So, how does the creative process happen?  It is different for each person but usually, it starts with curiosity.  When a particular hobby or a piece of literature sparks our interest, we frequently find ourselves thinking about nothing else but that.  It occupies our mind so much that we naturally succumb to it by buying all necessary materials so we can begin delving into this new pastime.  Armed with only a blank canvass, the next step is our vision.  If we are writing a book, how do we begin our story?  If it is a sculpture, what should I make?  This part takes the biggest amount of time, but once we have decided, our excitement can hardly be contained.  Time, then, flies by so fast, as always, whenever we love what we are doing.


Although the process takes days or even months to finish, it usually feels like only a few hours, even after sleepless nights and gallons of coffee later.  With passion present, there is hardly anything that will stand in our way.  Then perhaps when the project is nearing completion, we feel a little insecure.  Am I doing this correctly?  Should I be taking another approach?  Is it better to redo everything?  This is only natural since we would also like others to appreciate what we are creating.  But then we realize that this is our work.  We will be the judge of that.  If we are happy with the result, that is enough.


Finally, we have to reach a decision – to complete our work or to discard it and start over.  After the final touches, if it suits our taste, we are done!  Some artists take time to appreciate their work or criticize it.  Others feel the beginnings of the familiar itch to start another project.  And they surrender to the adrenaline rush all over again.


For amateurs, there is no need to think about sales since they have other sources of income. But for the professionals, the last part is worrying whether their work will sell or not.  So, unlike beginners, they have to possess the discipline to trudge on no matter what the conditions are.


Another essential component is conviction.  If we don’t believe in ourselves, who will?  Making art as a career involves a lot of time, risk, and hard work. But in the end, the satisfying reward of seeing something we created from nothing removes all heartache and frustration.


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