I just had an enlightenment that’s so important it’s already hanging above my desk – and I’m replicating it here lest I forget:
Creation happens offline.
It came in a flash in the middle of the night, after I turned all my computers off and was drawing something in my sketchbook. I realized every single creative endeavor I take upon needs no internet access to complete. Be it playing music, drawing, coding, editing photos, et cetera – the creative phase happens in a state of isolation from the world and even if there’s an upload phase, that’s just the cherry on the top of the cake.
This inevitably means I’ll soon start some kind of “work offline” experiment. It will end abruptly after three to five days as my lolcat addiction will kick in, but three attempts later it will actually work – albeit in a much different form than I’d ever expected.
PS. We are shockingly good at rationalizing our addictions. Until this day I was quite convinced I actually needed internet access to work – while, in fact, it’s the opposite.