Dear Fellow Writer,
You know I'm committed
to helping writers and artists achieve their dreams. I think I do that
best by teaching - and example. It's my job to inspire and empower you
through writing and creativity.
Two main projects on the go at the moment, actually three.
1. Editing a short story collection of mine I want to get out.
2. Mixing a new song I want to make a video for.
3. Writing a screen short I want to make soon.
Just a normal week...
St Pat's Special - THREE resources in one
Mark Twain Would Have Loved The Net
Steve Jobs predicted a day when everybody would become an artist.
prediction is to do with the way he viewed people. He believed they
were inherently creative - that they know what is good and bad and want
to 'improve' on life and toys to increase their satisfaction level.
invested millions sometimes into software that would help people make
their own animated movies for instance - something that just didn't
appeal to the average punter.
predictions were based on his own world view - and his love of fiddling
with other people's inventions, improving on them, making them perfect.
Simply put, he believed everyone out there was really not unlike him.
The fact that he created a vast corporation - and most of us don't - proves his world view to be, to some extent, false.
average person, while creative in a mundane sense, is not truly an
artist in the sense of say, Michelangelo, Coelho or Spielberg.
people's lives are way too complex to have the luxury of dedicating
their time to vast creative projects like paintings, books or movies.
of Apple's success has to do with people NOT being overly creative but
wanting to purchase things that are - or appear to be.
All this is a round about way of saying that artists, like yourself, are still a rare commodity. And will always be.
If you're a writer, you're in a minority.
If you're a writer that finishes their manuscripts, you're in a TINY minority.
fact, as the online population grows, the percentage of creative
writers compared to the average surfer is actually getting smaller.
During the 1990s for instance, the number of writers online made up about 10% of its users. Now it's less than 1%.
you can immediately see that, despite the seemingly huge numbers of
other writers out there vying for the attention of readers, you should
still consider yourself, if you have any creative leanings, as
'special' and to some extent, unique.
To be creative in an artistic sense is a rare privilege.
Does that make you feel better?
I hope so.
Okay, competing in this world is becoming harder.
Getting a book published by a major trade publisher is probably harder now than at any other time in history.
But that's okay - because the writer's world has changed.
You can do it all yourself.
The Net allows you to get your writing out there - and interact with your readers in a way that was impossible twenty years ago.
you don't have to pander to the whims of agents, publishers and
marketers who, let's face it, are also not very creative either. If
they were, they wouldn't be doing what Steve did - which is basically
to take other people's ideas, fiddle with them and then call them
Modern writers are now in control.
curious to me that in US TV shows, the writers invariably become the
shows' producers. It makes sense to me that the writer/producers are
the only ones who really know why a show works - and can actively
demonstrate HOW it works by writing it.
I think the days of the producer who doesn't write are numbered.
I think one of the reasons why Amazon is so helpful to unsigned writers
is that for years publishers have arbitrarily decided which writers are
good in a way that doesn't always reflect what readers actually want.
- the tables have turned - and writers can show us, through their
success, that they don't need to suffer from constant rejection. They
can PROVE that they know what they're doing by circumventing the system!
What a wonderful time to be alive.
Mark Twain I believe would have loved the Internet. His FB page would be the most popular in the world!
Dickens would have had a field day with Twitter.
And just imagine Shakespeare blogging during the writing of his latest play. We'd all be in bated breath!
we tend to imagine that 'real' writers are austere types, too
professional to stoop to lowly things like public popularity.
This is patent nonsense.
writers and artists are engaged in a public validation process from the
moment they have the courage to show their work to anyone.
And what better validation than public success - whatever that means to you.
Take control of your writing career.
This is the most wonderful time in history for a writer to be alive.
Make the most of it.
The Easy Way to Write
THIS WEEK'S WRITER'S QUOTE:
"The last time somebody said, 'I
find I can write much better with a computer.', I replied, 'They used
to say the same thing about drugs.'" Roy Blount Jr.
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Quote by Graham Greene
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