“One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.”—
Marshall Vandruff, one of the best teachers I have ever had, on artist’s block. Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar) (via pale-afternoon)
“Don’t write your books for people who won’t like them. Give yourself wholly to the kind of book you want to write and don’t try to please readers who like something different. Otherwise, you’ll end up with the worst of both worlds. I write lyrical, introspective, experiential books concerned with consciousness and perception. If a reader wants to know what my protagonist’s insurance policies are, he’ll be better off curling up with a nice cup of chamomile tea and an actuarial table. Similarly, don’t write your books for bad readers. Your books will suffer from bad readers no matter what, so write them for brilliant, big-brained and big-hearted people who will love you for feeding their minds with feasts of beauty.”—Paul Harding, 5 Writing Tips (author of Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tinker)
“Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense. Then you can recognize others.”—Anne Lamott on writing (via explore-blog)
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Where did you get the inspiration to create Nantucket Blue?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, though I also wanted to be an actress for a while, too. I was inspired to write Nantucket Blue when I was working through a difficult friendship break-up as an adult. I was writing to try to understand my feelings. Also, I love the summertime, especially in New England! It was such a joy to transport myself there as I was writing.