Limit Yourself

I recently read the book "Steal Like An Artist" by Austin Kleon. If you plan to ever create anything in your life, I'd say it's a good purchase. But advertising that isn't the point of this. What I wanted to say is that Mr. Kleon gives some interesting advice to artists that I don't think many people have thought of.

He says "The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. ... Don’t make excuses for not working – make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now."

Finish something in a day or a week, month, or year. Do all of your work for a while by hand. For me, for my new project, I'm only writing things into the script that I know I could feasibly shoot with my own resources in my backyard, if I would choose to. Suddenly I don't have to worry about sweeping helicopter shots and explosive car chases. My hope is that I can still tell just as cinematic of a story without those.

That's my challenge for you until the next time we talk, if I'm allowed to give you one. Find something to leave out. Put a creative limitation on yourself. Then make something from it.

Art is just as much of a choice of what to leave out as it is of what to put in.