“Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
If you want to be more creative, more often, this quote from Stephen King is a great starting point: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work!” Be your own muse Don’t wait for creativity to appear… command it to appear. Decide that it’s time to […]
Here is a superb audio presentation by the BBC, covering Dylan Thomas in New York. It was a very different setting for the Welsh genius. Listen to the sounds of Thomas’ New York and hear the great poet himself, read from Under Milk Wood, in this 4 and a half minute piece. Thanks to the […]
I’ve visited the room where Dylan Thomas did much of his writing and also the tiny shed where Roald Dahl wrote. Something that struck me about these amazing writers, was how extremely typical their surroundings were. Nothing fancy. Just a space to create, where they could think and work. The mechanics are secondary Often, we […]
How fully do you embrace your artistic freedom? That’s a really important question, maybe one of the most important questions, facing anyone who wants to do meaningful work. I listened to Moby in an interview recently. He was explaining that when he started out in music, he wanted to be able to do everything himself. […]
An early morning, with a notebook and some coffee or green tea. That’s what does it for me. That’s the recipe to get my mind flowing with ideas and for those ideas to get shipped. In my case, shipped means written up for my readers. I get ideas all day, but I have found that […]
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” — Stephen King.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!” — Auguste Rodin.
The world is full of general advice on how to think more creatively. The challenge with general advice, even from a trusted source, is that it’s seldom exactly what you need. After all, no 2 people are the same. There is a way to make general advice work for you, though. You need to adapt […]
People often ask me for advice on how to cure writer’s block. They note that I write extremely regularly and want to know my secret. Whilst there is no secret, I can tell you how I have avoided writer’s block for the past 25 years, with 100% success. Here’s how it works. A typical writer’s […]