I was lucky enough to get a link to this incredible artist’s website from one of my best friends this weekend. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed all of this advice in a big way. Reading it opened something up in me and I’ve been flooded with inspiration all day. I LOVE his black out newspaper poems. They are brilliant and such a wonderful idea.
Austin tells us ten things that nobody ever told him – some are simple truths, but that doesn’t lessen their impact. Sometimes the simple truths are the things we need reminded of. I especially needed to hear these truths:
Don’t wait until you know who you are to make things – It’s easy to get paralyzed by always waiting until you know more. The reality is that as Austin points out, “It’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are.”
Write what you like – This is wonderful advice. We’re told as beginning writers to write what we know, but that can be so boring and limiting. We have access to unlimited resources with our imagination, if we’re writing what we like we can bring so much more to the table.
Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done – I really needed to hear this. I build up my to-do lists every day and often try to be too much for too many…at the end of the day it’s hard to get much of my own art done. I’m definitely needing to focus on being boring 🙂
Do yourself a favor and see Austin’s post here. This is too great to keep to myself.