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.
Everyone can be an artist so long as we defeat obstacles like anxiety and procrastination.
Thank Ogilvy for his advice to creative types. The king of advertising can help you draw, write or paint.
Let uncertainly reign in your art. Don’t plan every little detail out.
Something broken can be more beautiful than flawless perfection.
The stoics believed in Amor Fati, the love of fate. When something goes wrong, embrace it and learn from the failure.