“Cheat your landlord if you can and must but do not shortchange the muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.” – William S. Burroughs
There’s nothing like trying to heed the call of the Muse only to see it trampled by the call of something else – like the need to make enough to pay the rent and put food in your belly. Somehow, there comes a time when you realize that you can only do one or the other, but not both.
But I’m not going to begrudge Burroughs. He’s right. As an artist, you answer the call of the muse no matter what happens. And somehow, when the work is done, you put away that artist hat and put on the business h at. And you’ll make your art work.
You have to.