When you are doing any kind of creative work, the worst thing you can possibly do is think about it.
If you are out taking photographs of a beautiful vista, do not think about what it is you are shooting. Simply allow your hands to do the work; allow your mind to flow freely while your body unconsciously does what it feels it must. Do not fight your body and do not hold it back from setting everything up. You have been creating for years – it knows what to do without you telling it to. The job of your mind is only to find a scene that you feel drawn to, and capture it.
If you are inside your studio apartment, standing in front of a blank canvas, a paintbrush in hand, do not think. Let your mind flow like a river, and your body work like a machine. Instead of thinking about where the next line must go, where the next blot of paint must be placed, simply allow your body to choose where it goes. Create something more abstract than usual: it will reminisce with you more than anything else will.
You need not think about what it is you are doing all the time. When writing, allow your fingers to find the right keys, to find the right words. The moment that you think about what it is that you are doing is the moment that you begin making mistakes. It is from that moment on that you begin to second-guess yourself.
“Will people like this?”
“Will people benefit from this?”
“This is no good – it must be deleted immediately.”
You begin to cut out the important aspects of your creations, placing in them instead things that are not needed, but that you think look or feel better.
I beg of you…do not think. Simply do.