One of the most humbling, and also clarifying, discoveries of my life was that while I liked weird stuff, I myself wasn't that weird.
What's the difference between just "jamming some stuff together" to make a story, and molding raw material into something truly new?
A distillation of what I've learned from other creators who aren't writers.
"Our creative journeys aren’t linear, and our creative selves not always apparent"
I treat my writing career the way I do because I don't want it to become a "hustle".
We shouldn't confuse tragedy with misplaced sympathy for the devil.
Word broke the other night that Kentaro Miura, creator of Berserk, died earlier this month of an aortal dissection. "Devastated" doesn't begin to describe the feeling.
I've not lived a storied life, and I know it.
The lone genius creative model, and all of its bothersome psychological baggage, really needs to go.
There's a division between the "gruntwork" and "creative play" sides of any creative endeavor -- the times when you just need to put words out, and the times when you need to toy mentally and daydream.
For an artist, worldview is all.
More from Raymond Carver: study and learn from, but don't emulate, singular literary talents.
I've toyed with the idea of going on camera for fun and (possibly) profit. I never follow through, though.
It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.
What do you do when you want to do everything?
At first people think creating things is more like discovery than construction.
Zen's influence on my work.
On art as the alleged antidote to life -- although life is no illness, is it?
"Is this something I can see myself sitting down to work on literally every day for the next year or more?" If not, why?
On pushing your envelope as a creator (and not getting all moralizing with yourself about it).
Some say "good, better, best" is an absurdity and best done away with. I agree, sort of.
And should, even if they aren't great marketers.
Creative paranoia: when you know, just know, your work is worthless in a way only others can see.
What is the good, and bad, in saying "I do what I dang well want" in any creative medium? I know there's both.
"Don't worry about someone stealing your good ideas. Worry about someone stealing your bad ones!"
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