Plant Now, Harvest Later
Being an artist is similar to gardening in that you must keep planting seeds and providing daily care to help them grow. Even with these efforts, some plants won't make it. This is not failure, but nature's method of weeding out the one's that wouldn't thrive. The same is true with ideas and projects. As Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Esteemed author William Stafford explains how putting in the routine day to day work can sustain you through creative droughts. This appeared in the Paris Review with William Young performing the interview.
"In his essay on James Wright, Richard Hugo wrote, “The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was the obscurity I wrote in for many years.” Do you feel similarly about your own late-blooming career as a poet?"
"I think I understand what Hugo was getting at: that you are ambitious when you start and if you have a whiff of success you try to rush things; for publication’s sake you try to rush it all the more; then the ordinary slumps in popularity and intervals when you’re not publishing become overwhelming simply because you haven’t gotten used to doing what you have to do as a writer—write day in and day out no matter what happens."
Read the entire piece here.