Posts tagged creators in January 2018


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.

Bad Fuel For Brooding

This whole business of how we become the stories we tell ourselves is so easy to get wrong and in so many ways.

Creativity Repeating Itself

“Every director has one film to make. He just keeps remaking it.”

Anxieties Of Influence

"...there’s a chance if you’re inspired by an author or a creator, you won’t do it quite right."

For Me Or For Them Or For Us?

When you start by trying to please others instead of yourself, you end up pleasing no one.

Watts Up

On how social-reading network Wattpad is becoming a hub for discovering the next big thing.

How To Tell Me Something I Want To Hear (So I Can Just Ignore It And Move On)

On not caring what other people think of your work, while at the same time caring about your work.

It's X Meets Y, But With Z!

"There is no reading experience in an idea, only in its execution."

The Paradox Of Limits

Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.

No Second Guessing

More on why motives matter for creative work.

The Incuriosity Complex

Being generally incurious about life is bad enough; it's far worse when you're trying to create.

Pick Something And Stick With It

I missed commenting on this earlier:

The Drive To Create

In re Jarmusch's 'Paterson'.

I Am A Rock, I Am An Island

People aren't flowers, of the hothouse variety or otherwise, and neither are artists.

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, But Sometimes They Just Turn Out To Be Cattle Rustlers

We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.

Ruined Forever

No critic can ever "ruin" a work you like, unless you don't know what their job really is.

If You Can't Please Yourself ...

Works don't exist just to please audiences. But authors also don't exist just to please themselves.

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