“No idea what you are doing – this is great; if you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do; if no one knows it’s impossible then there are no rules against it”
“If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that. And that is much harder that it sounds and, sometimes, in the end, so much easier than you might imagine. Because, normally, there are things you have to do before you can get to the place you want to be.” – to learn, it is a process
Sometimes it is clear cut, other times not so much (you have to balance doing what you love with feeding yourself). What works is imagine your dream as a distant mountain – keep your eyes on it. When you are not sure stop and ask yourself whether it takes towards or away from the mountain.
Deal with failure, be thick skinned – messages in bottles, in desert islands.
Your first book may only buy you an electric typewriter instead of being a bestseller.
Don’t do it just for the money – if you don’t get the money, at least you have the work.
Doing it for the money is not really worth it, except as bitter experience. Sometimes you don’t get the money either.
The things I did because I was excited and wanted to see them exist in reality have never let me down and I never regretted the time I spent on any of them.
Problems of failure are hard, problems of success are even harder – you hardly ever warned about them.
You are getting away with something and that any moment you will be discovered – impostor syndrome.
The point when you stop saying yes to everything because the bottles you sent are now all coming back and you have to learn to say no.
Miserable peers because they have to earn a certain amount every month so they could no longer just do what you like,
The world conspires to stop you doing what you do, because you are successful.- – fewer e-mails
Make mistakes – you are out there doing something, and mistakes can be very useful (Coraline looks almost like a real name).
Remember that no matter what you do you have something that is unique – you have the ability to make art. No matter what happens, when things are tough: make good art.
No matter what happens and what people say, do your thing. Probably things will get better, eventually time will take the sting away (that does not even matter), do what only you can do best. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.
While you’re at it, make YOUR ART. Do the stuff that only you can do.
Copying is not a bad thing. Most of us find our own voices after we have sounded like a lot of other people).
But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you – your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. Do it as only you can.
The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and showing too much of yourself, that is the moment you may be starting to get it right.
The things I have done that worked the best are the things that I was the least certain about.
What would even be the fun in always making something you knew was going to work? (you need the struggle that comes with it, it brings the best out of you and it makes you grow)
Sometimes the things I did really did not work. I learned as much from them as I did from the things that work.
The substance of the truth defeats the form of it 😉
You get work however you get work. But you keep working because your work is good, you are easy to get along with and you deliver your work on time. Two out of three is fine.
“This is really great. You should enjoy it!”
– Steven King
I did not. Instead I worried. Never stopped to look around and say “this is really fun”. I wish I had enjoyed it more. It has been an amazing ride, but there are parts of it I missed because I was too worried (about things going wrong, about what came next) to enjoy the bit that I was on.
Let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.
Luck is useful. Often you will discover that the harder and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. Luck happens and it helps.
Make the most of the transitional world (lack of rules, rules changing – make your own rules)
Pretend you are someone who could do it.
Be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would.
Make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.”