whispers out into the world: send me messages so I can have lots to read in the morning ‘n’ feel special, goodnight
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
last night I fell to sleep listening to The Moth podcast, the night before I fell asleep listening to This American Life and a couple of nights before I drifted off to Bullseye, I’ve just subscribed to A History of The World in 100 Objects, I’m in love with podcasts, they fill up empty time and give me stories to think about as I go about my life
what inspires you?
@fletrir, (it’s not very good)
I don’t know if I’m the best person to ask but I can tell you some stuff about my own things, that I do to help myself sometimes. I was stuck very badly in a creative rut until last night! I’m not very good, but sometimes I just think “Okay, just be consistent, just practice, practice, practice” but I hate being told this by other people because I find it daunting, so I would say: read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon as many times (if possible) as you can. Really, really realise that there are so many types of art, look at your art as though it is a famous artists work, and appreciate every bit of it. Get some good photographs and copy them into your sketchbook, then make them bigger, then think of what inspires you and draw that. I, for example, like drawing mountains, stones, religious figures, bodies, my room, forests and monsters from old fairy tales, and I let myself draw those things as many times as I want and it helps me to realise that I can make whatever I want. I also look at children’s books to find illustrations that I find inspiring. Also, know that you are magnificent and everything takes its time!
today: got up early, but then sat in bed thinking for half an hour, walked nowhere for two hours, sat in a cafe to draw for another hour, bought books on art from a guy who have me discounts for no reason, came home to worry about my future and how I’m going nowhere haha, went out with Sara to see The Calvary, left feeling both inspired and gloomy, we didn’t talk much as we walked, it’s sort of nice when a movie does that, then we had a good conversation, I bought a coffee, walked home in the dark, called my mum to tell her I love her. Sitting on my bed about to listen to a podcast and draw