[…] You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings.It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness.The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing.
Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
Note from Jon: I talk to a lot of bloggers who’d love to spend more time painting, storytelling, photographing, or some other creative pursuit, but don’t, because they feel it’s not pragmatic. Just as a blog can build buzz around a book or business, it can also be used to promote your art.
Regardless of your passion, you’ll find someone in Leanne’s list you can use to inspire your own success.
I also urge you to download The Rebel Artist’s Manifesto.
It’s free, and it’ll give you one extra kick in the butt to get you started.
You’ve watched artists, performers and writers like Hugh Mc Leod, Amanda Palmer, Chase Jarvis, and Jeff Goins sell boatloads of creative work thanks to the platforms they have built from their blogs.You tinker with your own creative projects and wonder if you could use a blog to promote them too.But despite all the blogging advice out there, you sense that blogging for art is different.BY: Adrian Smith It isn’t always easy for writers, especially young, aspiring writers, to be revealing of their thoughts, ideas and emotions within their work.Leonard W., the 17-year-old protégé to essayist Anaïs Nin, struggled with feeling naïve and ashamed about the excess of emotion in his writing until his mentor offered some words of advice.In a letter to the young poet, Nin reassures him that “something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” Her letter, which can be read in ‘The Diary of Anaïs Nin,’ is great advice for any aspiring writer or artist: I like to live always at the beginnings of life, not at their end.