Steal Like An Artist
10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeBook - 2012
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The question every young writer at some point asks is: “What should I write?” And the standard answer is, “Write what you know.” This advice always leads to terrible stories in which nothing interesting happens. . . . The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best – write the story you want to read.
One thing I’ve learned in my brief career: It’s the side projects that really take off. By side projects I mean the stuff that you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play. That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens.
If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life.
It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy.
“if you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research.”
“The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there's a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.”
“If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room”
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