Quantity Over Quality: Mastering your craft in making art

Last year, my wife suggested I read the book Art & Fear, and this fundamentally changed my approach to making music. There’s a section in the book that illustrates that it’s better to think about quantity rather than quality when approaching creative work. The act of finishing a piece of work, even if you don’t think it’s great, teaches you about your own artistic process and the many steps that are involved in going from start to finish. This means we must strive to finish as much work as we possibly can, rather than obsessing over a single perfect piece (which we’ll probably never achieve). When we do this, we will get much closer to mastery of our craft at a much faster rate.

Art & Fear: