Whatever your art form or area of expertise, you’ll have to live with this uncertainty if you ever want to get your creation out there in the world. But how do I deal with how my art is perceived?
I am speaking on Writing(every day) here which is (not)surprisingly more difficult than I thought it would be. One nearly certain way to give up on a writing session is to allow thoughts such as, “What right do I have to speak?” or “Why am I wasting my time? I’ll never get published!” to creep in. Authors need to banish “the psychological carnivores that prey upon conﬁdence” and have “Faith in our subject matter, faith that needed language resides in us, faith that our meaning-making through writing is worthwhile” (Romano, 2 000, p. 30, p. 20). Successful authors have learned to stay in the moment rather than dwelling on the other things ( from as severe as a blooming pandemic to as cute as the cat wanting your attention) they might be doing instead.
Convince yourself that writing is what you are doing now and commit yourself to doing only those tasks that will support the writing effort. When the composing process is stalled or unproductive, switch to a different task. Go back and search the literature or check references, for example, rather than stare at a blinking cursor waiting for inspiration. Many people mistakenly assume that “real” writers need only write down the brilliant, perfectly worded sentences that spring to mind. However, one reason that writing is categorized as a process and a craft is that writers write (and revise) ideas into being.
Another way of subduing impatience is to decode your optimal work habits. Relegate tasks with fewer cognitive demands (for example, answering routine student questions about assignments) to less-than-peak mental performance times and reserve writing for times when your brain feels “fresh”. Instead of setting unrealistic goals (e.g., “I’m going to write a publishable article this weekend”), set very modest objectives (e.g., “I’m going to take some notes on what I’ve read and categorize them”, “I think I’ll reread and experiment with a different organizational structure today.” or “I’m going to play around with article titles because I have to be at this boring meeting.”)
Cope with Time Constraints
After I was encouraged to submit a proposal for a book on controversial issues in HR for practitioners, I contacted doctoral candidates and recent program alumni to contribute chapters. Publication was just about guaranteed and all of students and former students delivered the chapters on time and in good shape, even though all of them were busy professionals with full-time jobs. This example illustrates that time is not the issue. Every human being on the planet, no matter how accomplished, has the same 24 hour day to work with; the difference is in how that time is allocated. Consider a study of faculty in the ﬁ eld of dentistry; the number one reason that unpublished faculty gave for failing to write was lack of time (Srinivasan, Poorni, Sujatha, & Kumar, 2014 ).
Yet if time is the only variable, are we then to assume that those who publish aren’t as busy as those unpublished?