Turn on the Faucet- Advice on Productivity from Louis L’Amour

The process of creation can be a mystery. Do ideas come first, and then we create, or do we create and ideas come? Chicken before the egg? The question of all questions…

I think it can be both. Sometimes ideas seem to fall from heaven beginning the creation process. Other times we work our way into an idea.

The longer you spend creating anything the more the creation process becomes a mystery.

Louis L’Amour a prolific writer of hundreds of novels and short stories knew the creation-mystery well. I imagine after writing a hundred novels you might run out of ideas. Here’s what he said to do when the idea well runs dry:

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”