Patience seems counterproductive to the creative process. After all, many of us have been instilled with an industrial model of creation. Produce! Produce! Produce! But our brains are constantly making and remaking meaning with every experience.
There's a wonderful metaphor in Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts in which Alexander Langlands compares the creative process to the art of maintaining hedges, which often take years to grow into their full form. The gardener knows this, yet continues pruning and cutting day by day with a certainty of what will be.
I imagine that final works of art are much like that. I may not have a finished work at the end of the day, but in my own way, I have been "pruning" and "cutting" away. Every little note scribbled on a piece of paper. Every time I journal or revise (for the 100th time) a draft of a poem. And, if I remember to be patient, I know with certainty that I am indeed shaping something into being.
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