"Here we are again" - tricking yourself into being good at Art

Here we are again.

That's an old clowning phrase. Back in the OG days of European clowning, the French government briefly outlawed popular performance mediums. Professional, stuffy shit only for the French People. Rebellious clowns would announce their presence as they walked onto the street-stage by saying, "here we are again."

To me, it's a lot like Waiting for Godot. It speaks to the eternal return of the idiotic. And that's how I feel a lot of the time when I'm writing.

Today, I am tapping into the eternal return of the idiotic. Often times, you can trick yourself into writing something good by first writing something bad. Trick yourself into writing something creative by first writing something prescriptive. Trick yourself into competence by starting with idiocy.

It applies to writing, but also to rehearsing. Also for any kind of improvising. Start with idiocy, advance to competence. Rinse and repeat for 10 years to get to mastery. I hope you like eating pressure for breakfast: you have to learn to love the suck.


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