Greetings world. Welcome to your new week. Learn from the unsuccesses of last week. It’s time to create, be happy, create some more.

I know my art lacks perfection. My goal is: done, not perfect. Doing my best and shipping it is what I am striving for. I believe in this. Some days are harder than others. I do believe it, but then I want something just right. Which isn’t wrong—occasionally. It’s when I get caught up in a never-ending cycle of self-inflicted revision, that I need to reign myself in. If I use done as my learning meter and choose to be happy with what I’ve made, then I can move on and create more—which actually gets me closer to a more perfected skill set.

“Finishing a thing is way more important than having something that is perfect but not finished” — Jake Parker

What have I shipped? Well, on a semi-daily basis I am sharing my art to Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. I have also published my Tomy and Jon comic. As well as created a Color Me Book from my daily arts. And, weekly I am publishing a blog post about inspiration. I am working on a short comic which I plan on making available digitally and in print. The dailies are my way of keeping my skills sharp, learning new things, and seeing what resonates and what doesn’t.

There can be different definitions of “shipped” as we grow. I often am simply shooting for: done, choose to be happy, and share. I believe that we should ship/share in order to grow. When we are wrapped up in our own model of done—where no one sees/hears what we are working on—we don’t get valuable feedback. Shipping gives us that so we can grow forward and create more. Keep in mind this feedback shouldn’t define our happiness, but it should help us understand the strengths and weaknesses we have.

#8 Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done. — Done Manifesto

In the long-term my definition of shipped will mean published. I am working on projects that are in process/progress, but aren’t my daily shippings. Every step of the way, I am giving it my best and then having to remind myself; be done, be happy, create more.

So, let’s commit to shipping and throwing out the fear that often keeps us in a loop of revision. Ship, then ship some more.

Here’s how we put it in Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration: “I commit to shipping my work out into the world, believing that the time is now. I will do my best, not trying to perfect it for so long that no one gains from it.” Get your free copy of our one page PDF Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration here.

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Have a great week everyone. Create, be happy, create more,

Jay

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    • Hi Laure,
      I understand it. Been in that spot too often. A few years ago something clicked: either be done now or be done never.

      In that thought and from my study of “perfect” in Hebrew I learned that true perfection comes from passion/love not from flawlessness. So, even though I still get hung up from time to time, I’ve refined my understanding of done to mean: did I love it enough did I put my all, that I had at that moment, in? Did I do the best I could with what I had when I did it. Typically if the answer is yes, then I ship/share.

      We can always do better, but if we pour ourselves into it with love then we shouldn’t fret the details. The great creator didn’t when he made us—we aren’t better than he. :)

      • This is really important: “At that moment.”

        On Friday i wrote a little snippet of Akkadian poetry and thought it was so clever, and then six hours later i was sure it was terrible. It was too late. i had already shipped it. i tried recanting, but my victim was too happy to receive my recantation and i was too miserable to receive his happiness. But you know what, i DID love it, and i DID put everything i had into it, at the moment i was creating it. And i don’t hate it now; a few days away made a great difference. And i have just shipped the next snippet, and i am pleased with it. There is more writing to do. i can’t just twist in agony and let that keep me from writing, especially when the person i am writing for actually really did love it, and (i think) receive it as love. i am certainly writing it for love. Sometimes i get twisted around and think, if i really am writing for love the result has to be even MORE perfect than i would normally strive for. But it’s not the source material’s creator who sets that bar so high. It’s me. And i think it’s not really love that is saying to me that i am not doing this right.

        What was the Hebrew study you did? כּלל? Do you have any notes on that?

        Jay, i am shipping because you tell me to. “Just ship it” coming from anyone but a love-teacher would sound so much harder. It would sound a little like judgment: “You may as well ship it; you probably won’t be able to do much better.” But from you i hear “You have done something good, and there is so much more good in you that wants doing.”

        • Or (i am thinking about this again), “don’t be a baby.” But you don’t say that either. You say, “i know, it’s hard. But we can encourage each other.”

          • Laure,
            I’m glad this is what you hear. I’m glad you shipped. Keep that ship rolling. I will shoot you an email about the Hebrew. Thank you very much for writing.

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