Folks who have followed this blog know of my admiration of Austin Kleon’s work.
My favorite of his works is Show Your Work.
Here is the relevant Goodreads page. Its Kindle price is currently just $1.13. I nabbed it right away.
Here’s the Amazon link. [Honest, not an affiliate link! Just thought you might be interested.]
Here’s a funny one:
How do you know if your child is a writer? Your obstetrician holds his stethoscope to your abdomen and only hears excuses.
Jordan Rosenfeld @Jordanrosenfeld
A scene feels purposeful when you give the character that stars in it an intention, or a goal to pursue. #makeAscene
Hemingway’s advice on writing: In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”
Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.
We writers can apply all these emotions to our work.
Even if all we’re doing is establishing some warmup momentum, these can definitely pay off.
from Jordan Rosenfeld
Good advice, but not always applicable in my case. There are times when it occurs to me that some of my project need to be, if not merged, at least juggled simultaneously. [Juggling, of course, implies that sometimes creative gravity takes over and objects are dropped. But hey! At least I got them up in the air.]
Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters
Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. –PABLO PICASSO
Geez, I hate it when a well-targeted Tweet or nugget of advice arrives at the very moment I’m lip-diddling
or ‘organizing’ my iTunes collections or god-knows-what. This is one of those Tweets.
More excerpts from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write
In her chapter on specificity…
“For me, part of the ability to be specific has to do with writing to a specific someone, someone who ‘gets you’. I know that writers are often told not to think about their audience, but I think that advice can be difficult to use. The audience then becomes something vague and amorphous. How do you communicate with that?”
“Choose someone on whom nothing will be wasted, someone with an appetite for life in all its messy glory. That someone will enjoy your writing specifically. Write specifically to that someone.” [This is helping me with a current middle-grade fiction project. TH]
“It is a great paradox that the more personal, focused, and specific your writing becomes, the more universally it communicates.”
Today, I’m sharing excerpts from Julia Cameron’s varied works. She is the author of 40 fiction and non-fiction books, including The Artist’s Way and Finding Water. Look for curated content from her other works in the future.
Here are three gems from The Right to Write…
“When we ‘forget ourselves’, it is easy to write. We are not standing there, stiff as a soldier, our entire ego shimmied into every capital ‘I’. When we forget ourselves, when we let go of being good, and settle into just being a writer…When we are just the vehicle, the storyteller and not the point of the story, we often write very well—we certainly write more easily.”
“The trick to finding writing time, then, is to write from love and not with an eye to product…The lies we tell ourselves about writing and time are all connected to envy, to the fairy tale notion that there are others whose lives are simpler, better funded, more conducive to writing than our own.”
“Early in my writing life, I tried to polish as I went…Writing this way was frustrating, difficult, and disheartening, like trying to write a movie and cut it at the same time.”
“The danger of writing and rewriting at the same time was that it was tied in to my mood. In an expansive mood, whatever I wrote was great. In a constricted mood, nothing was good.” [Note: I’m pretty sure you can figure out her solution.]
Todd Henry began ‘speaking to me’ way back in 2015 when part of my job was to create something ‘new’ or ‘more original’ than what was already out there.
This author/creator of four books [Die Empty, The Accidental Creative, and Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers–I have the first three.] has been a go-to ‘mentor’ ever since. >>NON-affiliate link to his books
Let’s ‘listen in’ to this excerpt from his newsletter that arrived yesterday [3/30/2018]:
“You have one job: get whatever is in you out. Your one and only job today, and every day, is to get whatever is in you out. Not tomorrow’s work, not yesterday’s work, but today’s. On my computer monitor is a note that reads, “Can I lay my head down tonight satisfied with the work I did today?” If I have made my contribution that day, I can rest with a clean conscience.
Do not be dulled, friends. Do not allow the lull of comfort to cause you to abdicate your contribution. Stay sharp. Keep your edges. Nothing – NOTHING – is worth giving up the most precious thing you have to offer.”
Hey, there is not this vast expanse of creative time and energy in front of us.
We have to get to it.
Find your creative tools of choice.
Start with five minutes.
Then maybe ten minutes.
And let’s see where it takes us.
NOTE: I ‘borrowed’ this post from my other blog, retirerenew.com .