If you give a little bit, you get a little back. That’s a good rule to follow in relationships, at work, and even with creativity. The concept of reciprocity works for artists. In other words, if you give creativity a little time and effort, it will give you something back.

I’ve often talked about Bukowski’s “don’t try” philosophy, but being a creator does take some effort. So how does reciprocity work in regard to creativity? It’s about the energy you expend. You have to give creativity your time. The more time you give, the more you’ll get back. If you practice the piano for an hour a day, you’ll improve. If you practice being creative for an hour a day, you’ll improve. It’s that simple.

One reason I’m able to be as prolific as I am as a creator is that I give creativity my time. In return, the muse gives me a little magic. It’s a fair trade. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.