So i’ve been working on a couple of new stories, one called Monday’s Menagerie which is set in a magical zoo, and i’ve just written a new story called The Woman Who Can Make Anything. It’s been a very productive couple of days, and I look forward to sharing them with you all.
On the topic of going after what you want I think it’s important to try and understand why people do not succeed at getting where they want. I think a great way to think about it is the same way you’d create a scientific experiment where you’d attempt to disprove your null hypothesis.
The null hypothesis is a prediction that states that whatever it is you’re looking at will not have an effect, which you attempt to reject allowing you to suggest that whatever it is you’re doing has some sort of impact. It’s a great way to think about goals and capability.
The other point to make is that peoples methodology and ways about getting what they want can be sloppy, leading to them missing the opportunity to figure things out. The result is the opinion that it’s simply not meant to be, and a boring job is then sort out to make amends for the silly dream.
My advice to you all would be to figure out how to reject the null hypothesis as soon as possible. If you want to be a writer start with a sentence, a poem, a short story. You assume that you cannot write, but then you prove that you actually can write, thus rejecting the null hypothesis.
Once you have this information it’s all about further study, different experiments and methods to try and prove that there is definitely something at work here. I think we misunderstand our capabilities in the same way we misunderstand how science is studied. It isn’t about proving things, it’s more about figuring out what works, trial and error, and making discoveries along the way.
So when you feel that you’re not good enough and those moments where you know for definite that you cannot create a good story or art, I want you to write a story so you can reject that null hypothesis. You might not make amazing art, but that’s just because your methodology is sloppy, and that’s pretty much where all the fun is.
Keep creating opportunities to reject that prediction that says you have no effect on art, figure out what methods work best, and gain enough confidence to try out new things. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re not any good, but when you make mistakes and you start thinking it’s true you should remember that it’s not fact, it was just a sloppy experiment.