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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When you take a break from your creative work, whether voluntarily or not, it can feel almost impossible to rev up your creative momentum. Here’s how (free worksheet).
Tidy your brain-closets to make space to focus on your creative work.
Perspective and strategic thinking: Learning to catch luck as it flies by, due partly to living 4 years as an expat in France in the bosom of the semi-socialist French safety net.
Whatever your passion turns out to be is a combination of what you’re into, your circumstances, and what happens to fall across your path, added to what you decide to spend your time on and what you’re willing to take risks to do more of, with a just a tiny dash of natural talent.
Mastering your art form is how you become a great artist. It is not how you become a professional.
Framing is about connecting the very specific ideas and events in a story to something larger. Use the Story Madlib to create a frame that will connect your story to something universal.
Whenever there’s a sequence of events—this happened, then that happened, then this happened—we inevitably want to find out what happened next.
Also—and this is key—this banal sequence has raised a question, namely, What’s the guy saying? And you’ll probably stick around ‘til you find out.
What will make your audience unable to resist diving into your story?
When I learned the Focus Sentence in Rob Rosenthal’s Transom Story Workshop, I felt like I’d discovered a magic wand that let me get straight to the heart of my stories.