The Creative Life

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do whatContinue reading “The Creative Life”

Art Changes People

“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed – because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a wayContinue reading “Art Changes People”

How I Get My Ideas

“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” ~ Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing “I don’t know exactly where ideas come from, but when I’m working well ideas just appear. I’ve heard other people say similar thingsContinue reading “How I Get My Ideas”

On Creative Criticism

“I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.” – Johannes Kepler “The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.” – Elbert Hubbard “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” –Continue reading “On Creative Criticism”

A Thirst for Silence

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence … We need silence to be able to touch souls.” –Continue reading “A Thirst for Silence”