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Friday Jul 11, 2008

Animal Farm

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s Animal Farm since high school, college, or never, I encourage you take a little time to peruse this magnificent political fable—which he makes plausible with believable situations and characters. You can also find the full text on the Web.

As Orwell sums up in this timely 1946 novella: All animals are created equal. But some animals are created more equal than others.

You will also note many ideas from this book that he later used and crafted into his other brilliant novel: Nineteen Eighty Four.

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Creative Constipation

I know that many writers and artists are plagued with creative blocks.

It may be helpful to grasp that getting stuck is mostly likely the result of trying to fit your work into a template, a popular idiom that has already been trampled over by hordes of others.

Another factor in writing fiction, for example, is that you have to see it, observe it with a keen eye, before you can describe it; this means sufficient detail, not a meaningless overabundance of facts. Be patient. Care about all your characters; let the descriptive layers of meaning filter down through your psyche until the picture is clear—then capture it on paper or onscreen.

Blocks are also the result of too much thinking. When the mind is quiet, when thoughts are corralled and momentarily tamed, there is no confusion, no mental blocks.

Note also that there is no such malady as a creator block since original work is not strictly bound by convention; this knowledge has great liberating power.

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

Blog Author Tours

You may have heard about blog author tours, where writers are interviewed on other blogs.

I’m being hosted on these two:

by Janet Riehl on her blog: www.riehlife.com—in three parts: 4/8-4/10/08

And tomorrow by Clif Johnston on his blog: zenjunk.tumblr.com: 4/10/08

Visit their blogs where you will discover much enlightened information.


Saturday Mar 29, 2008

Lulu and I

In response to the many questions I’ve received about my publishing experience with Lulu.com, please read The Zen of POD publishing—link in the Inside Preview sidebar section.

With the power to do it yourself as an ‘Indie’ publisher comes great responsibility; it can be done by any self-inspired individual.

One of the essential characteristics of a creator is self-reliance, which is also the mother of invention.


Saturday Mar 08, 2008

Pithy and No Less

The other day, a painter asked me what my new book for artists was all about. He told me that he had read many how to books for artists and wanted to know how An Artist Empowered was different.

I did preface things by saying that this is not a twelve step program type book—others have already covered that territory. You can’t teach anyone to be original.

Of course, the marketing mavens insist that you have at your fingertips a concise sentence (elevator pitch), paragraph, and one-page description to sum things up as required.

An Artist Empowered is about discovering purpose in life, understanding the gift, and what it takes to complete the mission.

Or, put another way, this book is a firsthand field-tested compass for finding the courage, stamina, and insight to be a creator

You can’t outsource your soul work.