There is a notion, not well-researched at JMI, that when a creative person or a person striving to be creative works at her art even when they don't feel inspired, inspiration will come. Hard work conquers all, in a nutshell. This notion has allure because it prevents self pity and envy by ungifted would-be artists. But does it work? We'll tell you later, if we ever get the discipline to give it a fair shot.