Write a fan letter
At any time during your creative practice, but especially when you’re abiding a slump, writing a fan letter to another artist can serve as your creative effort for the day and will reignite your own joy and faith in the creative path.
Think of one artist you admire, whether they do work similar to yours or totally different, whether you perceive them as uber successful or just a few steps ahead of you on this journey. Review some of their work. Study what it is that makes their craftsmanship so compelling to you. What do they do that makes you see them as successful? What’s the “X factor”? (See X.)
Then, write them a fan letter—the kind of letter you would love to receive from an admirer of your work. Go ahead and gush. Tell them what you love about their work and about them. Be specific.
Taking the time to study another’s work and discern what makes it so great, helps you further define what “success” means to you. Is it the artist’s unique vision or voice? Is it their remarkable skill? Is it the risks they take by not following convention?
As you write this out in your fan letter, you spell out for yourself what success looks like–successful art and a successful artisan. Praising someone else reveals to you what your creative goals are, and it shows you that this kind of success is possible.