Swan songs are overrated

Your best work is ahead of you. How could it not?

If you’ve already made your best work, well, what’s the point of writing again? You’re done. You’ve beaten the game of writing.

If your best work is behind you, you’ll always be looking back. Same results. Same strategy. Voila.

But we’ve seen your masterpiece. We want something new from you. We don’t need another swan song. We just need a song.

Instead of writing Creep 2, Radiohead gave us A Moon Shaped Pool.

Instead of writing Funeral 2, Arcade Fire gave us the Her soundtrack.

“The chase is better than the catch.” In other words, the purpose of a masterpiece is the pursuit.

Those who get stuck are those who believe that the masterpiece is the final chapter of their story.

It’s not.

Onward.

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