What do the greatest writer in the English language, most popular author of his time and the iconic musical innovator of the rock and roll era have in common?

All produced massive bodies of extraordinary work during their all-too-short lifetimes.

William Shakespeare composed 154 sonnets and wrote 38 plays that have been translated into every major living language on earth.

Jack London published over 50 books in the last 16 years of his life.

Prince released 39 albums, starred in 4 films and is said to have left behind enough musical material at the time of his untimely death to fuel his legacy with fresh songs for years to come.

What makes the creative process seem so effortless for some while others struggle to unleash the muse?

Creativity is not effortless.  Flow does happen. But as a writer, I’ve discovered flow must be practiced, channeled, and cultivated by focus, discipline and grit.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

“A strong spirit transcends rules.” Prince

“To be or not to be. That is the question.” Hamlet, Act III Scene I

Inspiring quotes, spoken and written by artists determined to share their gift with the world. Words to remember whenever self-doubt invades and threatens to silence the muse.