I recently started working for Borg-Warner Inc.. We remanufacture machine parts for companies like Caterpillar and John Deere. It’s a pretty sweet job. The workout is intense and the pay is good. (Plus, the name “Borg,`” in conjunction with the plethora of oil-soaked gears, makes my sci-fi/steampunk heart very happy.)
One thing that is interesting about working on an assembly line is that the line stops for no one. There is no falling behind. There is only working harder to keep up. Sure, there are dead times and insanely-quick time, but still the parts must be disassembled regardless of pace.
I believe that it would not hurt the artist (myself included) to adopt a similar mentality when it comes to our creative work. Often times, when it comes to creating art, we can get very loosely-goosey when it comes to schedule. We write novels that never see an end-page and paintings that are constantly being reworked. Now, this is not an attempt to rush the process, and thus produce sloppy work; but still unfinished work is unfinished work and, if you have enough unfinished works, then you have nothing at all.
So, this is my encouragement to all of us artists to get cranking on our putting stuff out into the Universe. No excuses. The show must go on, especially if we truly believe in our work and the positive impact thereof!