Input vs. Output

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Building upon this earlier post of mine, I’d like to delve a bit deeper into the value to the artist of both input and output.

Sometimes we are in a place of learning, taking things in. We spend the day at a wonderful museum. We go for long walks. We spend time in nature. Those are times we are focused on input.

Other times we are focused on getting things out into the world. Meeting that deadline to hand over the manuscript, getting them the screenplay, finishing up the material for the album. Those are the times we are focused on output.

We need both input and output to live creative lives. On the one hand, we need time to soak in life and generate new ideas. On the other hand, we need dedicated time to refine our own artistic visions and send them out into the world.

It is important to clarify for yourself: Where are you now in your cycle of input vs. output?

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