It's hard not to be foolishly romantic about certain things, like the workspaces or utensils of great artists.
My work can only really be measured against my other work. Same with yours.
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.
More from Steve on the whole vexed issue of doing what you think you want to do, not what you actually want to do.
This whole business of how we become the stories we tell ourselves is so easy to get wrong and in so many ways.
“Every director has one film to make. He just keeps remaking it.”
"...there’s a chance if you’re inspired by an author or a creator, you won’t do it quite right."
When you start by trying to please others instead of yourself, you end up pleasing no one.
On how social-reading network Wattpad is becoming a hub for discovering the next big thing.
On not caring what other people think of your work, while at the same time caring about your work.
"There is no reading experience in an idea, only in its execution."
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.
More on why motives matter for creative work.
Being generally incurious about life is bad enough; it's far worse when you're trying to create.
I missed commenting on this earlier:
In re Jarmusch's 'Paterson'.
People aren't flowers, of the hothouse variety or otherwise, and neither are artists.
We need to have more nuanced ways of taking what matters for us from a given creator and from their works.
No critic can ever "ruin" a work you like, unless you don't know what their job really is.
Works don't exist just to please audiences. But authors also don't exist just to please themselves.
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