Recent posts tagged creators


Maybe I'm In The Wrong Line Of Work

I've toyed with the idea of going on camera for fun and (possibly) profit. I never follow through, though.

Readiness And Other Lies

It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.

Possibility Paralysis

What do you do when you want to do everything?

The Builders And The Finders

At first people think creating things is more like discovery than construction.

What It All Means

Zen's influence on my work.

You May Begin To Feel Overload

On art as the alleged antidote to life -- although life is no illness, is it?


Connections And Disconnections

"Is this something I can see myself sitting down to work on literally every day for the next year or more?" If not, why?

The Shape Of The Envelope

On pushing your envelope as a creator (and not getting all moralizing with yourself about it).

The End Of Quality (Not Really)

Some say "good, better, best" is an absurdity and best done away with. I agree, sort of.

Makers Gonna Make

And should, even if they aren't great marketers.

No Good Vs. Yes Good

Creative paranoia: when you know, just know, your work is worthless in a way only others can see.

Doowutchalike, Part Three Hundred And Six

What is the good, and bad, in saying "I do what I dang well want" in any creative medium? I know there's both.

Nobody Cares Enough About Your Idea To Steal It, Part Nine Thousand And Seven

"Don't worry about someone stealing your good ideas. Worry about someone stealing your bad ones!"

Advice And Consent

The very best advice I received was not a command but a seed for discussion.

My Own 'What' And 'Why'

How I used to get caught up in thinking about the surfaces of the things I admired.

The Wile E. Coyote Problem

Why much of what we call "genius" is mostly cultivated stubbornness.

Spero Meliora And All That

"Greatness is lived, not had."

The Bane Of All Curious Minds

What do you do when there's just so much to do and so many things to know? Focus. But how?

Bliss Is Ignorance

There was once a time when I felt I was a better writer when I didn't really know what I was doing.

The Refutation Proclamation

Make something that is your answer to all the things in the world you don't want.

The Case For Preferring Older Books

You miss out on less than you think.


Sympathetic And Practical Magics

It's hard not to be foolishly romantic about certain things, like the workspaces or utensils of great artists.

Our Respective Things

My work can only really be measured against my other work. Same with yours.

Paint Your Lunch

Fun game to play: Pick a person, and imagine what kind of creative advice they would give you. Then compare that to the actual advice they give you.

This Art-Too Unit Has A Bad Motivator

More from Steve on the whole vexed issue of doing what you think you want to do, not what you actually want to do.

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