Writers and artists can benefit from the tactics of thieves and tricksters.
There exists a space between the desire to write and actually sitting down to get the words on the page: This is the abyss. Too many writers fall into it and never return.
Sometimes the words won’t come. Or your pencil hovers over the page, unsure what to draw. These are all symptoms of art-block.
Everyone keeps telling us to think outside the box. But what if that’s the wrong advice?
Just like characters in a story, we are all traversing our own story. We have our own conflicts and obstacles to overcome.
Sitting down to write a novel can seem glamorous, but it takes a serious commitment in work and attitude. Yes, there’ll be those moments when the muses seems to sing and pure genius flows from your fingertips onto the page.
As humans, we surround ourselves with objects and each holds a story. Silverware and plates tell us to eat. Couches coax us into relaxing. Pens, pencils and paintbrushes lure us into creating.
We’ve all fallen victim to the myth of the solitary genius, producing a finished piece of fiction or a stunning painting. Yet creative partnerships are more common than you might think.
Many creative people give up on their aspirations because they don’t see any measurable progress.
Werner Herzog once walked 515 miles to visit a dying friend because he knew that his friend wouldn’t dare expire before he got there.