Do you do your best proofreading after your writing is out there in the wild?
Hitting publish button forces you to scrutinize your work more closely. If you’re lucky it’s a blog post you can go back and edit. If it’s a tweet or an email, you might be fat out of luck.
artwork by Alessandra Olanow
‘The only art is to omit’
The only art is to omit. Robert Stevenson
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In releasing your thought debris onto the internet, two questions may hold you up:
- Will anyone will read it?
- Will anyone care?
They certainly won’t read it if you don’t post it. And two, no one will ever care as much as you. That’s a guarante.
So, why wouldn’t you just drift into the freedom of expression?
Creative practice is the goal, the maker just happens to be found.
Said artist A…
There’s a little bit of a thrill in publishing online. Thinking and writing out loud makes you vulnerable to criticism. But if you ship something new every day, you’ll get better at connecting with people and clarifying your ideas.
Sometimes it’s better to be done and then be perfect. So many people make excuses for not starting a blogor writing a book because they don’t think they’re good…
A blog helps you solidify your thinking. But the practice of blogging is both a freedom and a constraint.
It’s liberating to say whatever you want, even if no one reads it. How dare someone discovers you! At the same time, there’s a fear that what’s written isn’t polished enough to be published.
But that’s what blogs are: rough drafts. They’re good enough to get started.
Blogs are the…
When in doubt, speak up. Talking is a tool for excavating thoughts microphone in hand or not. It’s only after the speaking occurs do the words begin to flow.
The same goes for writing. One doesn’t need an audience in order to do it. The movement of the pen gears the brain into motion so that words hit the top of the tongue at precisely the right time.
“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”
‘We are told stories as children to help us bridge the abyss between waking and sleeping’
We are told stories as children to help us bridge the abyss between waking and sleeping. We tell stories to our own children for the same purpose.
That blank page screams at you with all its anxiety for you to fill it in. But starting from scratch can be intimidating, especially when anything goes. It’s not surprising that so many aspiring writers quit their canvass–it’s so much easier to avoid the pain of inconsistency.
That’s where the system comes in. Instead of waiting for inspiration, you set a schedule for the muse to wake up.…
Shake it up. The only reason to play it safe is to blend in. But the artist wants to be vulnerable.
Unsure of their work but certain of their originality and passion, the maker prides themselves on self-expression. They’d rather show their work then let it sit in the tiny backwater of the internet.
Art can appear egotistical, but it’s more of a sign of individuality and wakefulness.