A short segment about the influence Love and Rockets had on my artistic development aired recently on the public radio program Studio 360. You can hear it “here”:http://studio360.org/episodes/2008/10/31.
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If I want to invent a new future, one where I can do more by doing less, where I can make smart choices that allow me to have more impact in the world, building in margin is the only way to get there.
Writer Jennie Spotila says, “I thought my disability was a barrier to writing my book when, in fact, my disability just presented me with harder choices. Making art is part of you, and when you are sick, you need to remember who you are.”
Coni felt like she should be making progress on all of these goals, that she should be able to hit her deadlines on five things at once.
This is on top of her job, mind you.
Now she’s actually getting things done. What’s her secret?
Have you published your essay online? Have you sent your book to reviewers? Have you submitted your comic to that anthology you love? Is your website up? Have you actually told anyone it’s up? Have you shown your new work to… anybody? Have you even let yourself spend time on your new work? No? What’s stopping
Get comfortable with the “know-like-trust” factor Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t accept a lollipop. Definitely don’t get in the car. You learned these rules when you were five, and, if you’re like most people, you probably still basically follow them. Even if you’ll talk to strangers, it makes you nervous. What if you get stuck with
You should be making your creative work every day. You should be spending more time with your family and friends. You should spend a lot more time in selling your work. You shouldn’t have to sell anything: your work should speak for itself. You should be much further along in your career. You should give
I’m finally working on my book about creative focus: how to get your self-generated creative work done. Find out what that looks like from the inside.