“Words are loneliness.” – Henry Miller
You find yourself late at night in a quiet room. There’s no one around; no movement, no noise, nothing to break time into small pieces. You are alone. And you begin to type words on a computer. While the entire world seems to dream, you type away all the dreams you have stored up in your heart. Slowly, maybe even painfully at times, you write all those dreams into existence. They take a different form… not quite alive, but not as dead as they feel when they’re trapped inside your mind. Continue reading
“Write to write. Write because you need to write. Write to settle the rage within you. Write with an internal purpose. Write about something or someone that means so much to you, that you don’t care what others think.” – Nick Miller
There are a million different reasons to write something. The narcissistic belief that what you have to say is important to others, the selfless ideal of helping save this world through art and beauty…
Fame. Money. Love.
Heartbreak. Depression. Solitude.
All of them are important reasons.
But there’s something about writing just to write, writing to get the words out of your head…
Writing because that’s what you do. Writing because you won’t have it any other way.
If you feel strongly about something, then you can write about it.
All you have to do is silence all the other voices that keep telling you stuff like people won’t like it (who cares?) or it won’t sell(again, who cares?) or it’s been done before(everything’s been done before, or so it seems until something new comes along).
Just write. Type those damn words. There will come a day when you’ll be thankful for that.
Believe it or not, the idea for this project started in the autumn of 2012. Had this idea of an online magazine dedicated to promoting aspiring artists. Indie stuff. I had a small team, struggled to raise the funds needed, and then…
I couldn’t find the time to write articles, I struggled to engage people like it happened on my main blog.
After a few months, I tried again. And again. And again at various points for the next few years. I changed platforms, I gave up on the idea of a digital magazine. Gave up on the idea of an app.
It is what it is. Continue reading
SELF-TAUGHT : having knowledge or skills acquired by one’s own efforts without formal instruction
Mark Twain famously remarked that he never let schooling interfere with his education. But what did he mean by that?
In my humble opinion, especially when it comes to artists, it’s more important to be a student rather than a follower. To learn to think for yourself, to separate what is useful from what is not. This, in itself, is an art. Continue reading
Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Booklikes, Scribd.
Kindle, Nook, Kobo…
The world is changing towards a more technology oriented perspective on arts. This is not something new. It’s becoming a fact.
People spend more time using technology, more time on the web, more time using social media, so it makes sense that they’d spend more and more time reading in a similar manner. Continue reading
Expectation. It builds you up, but also has the habit of tearing you apart.
When it comes to blogging, it’s important to set realistic expectations.
What are those, you ask?
Short answer: no one knows.
Yet, there are a lot of folks who’ll tell you that creating visual content, lists, or breaking down your content into easy-to-digest bits is the way to go.
Truth be told, no one really knows.
You write a post, you work really hard on it, you’re kind of proud of the end result, and it just doesn’t resonate just as well with your audience. Continue reading