To stay present to the issue of creativity, I have a throw-away piece of writing or art, something I intend from the beginning to have no psychological weight. The unconsidered page or support sits beside the focus piece and absorbs the frustration or ennui when I’ve run out of steam. I’ve found the disposable piece allows me to accomplish active forward movement when I might otherwise consider myself stuck and walk away. My derrière is in the chair, my face is to the easel for the allotted work time. Often, the secondary piece becomes the stronger work.