Click on the triangle below to hear Allen Rubinstein read this blog entry! For those who suffer from “fear of success” I have a modest proposal: become a professional artist. In all those non-artist careers I’ve never had, people apparently learn how to be a spit-shined, double-breast-suited success, turning out successful memos from some top Continue Reading
In my creative writing workshops, there are students hell-bent on publishing their work and becoming famous writers. Others are there for their own enjoyment and personal growth as artists. They might come to class having never been published before, but bearing a significant amount of talent that flourishes the longer they write. Eventually, they bring Continue Reading
You should never use feeling uninspired as an excuse for not writing. That said, there are times you should do exactly that. As an artist, breaks are necessary for gaining new perspectives, new ideas, or the distance you need in order to have an insight on whatever is blocking you. A walk on the beach Continue Reading
One of the mistakes I sometimes make when I start working with new clients is to assume that they, like I, want to be famous. That they too have a deep dark hole in their hearts they are trying to fill with adoration from strangers. That they didn’t get enough love in their childhoods.
Making art is probably the most terrifying thing you will ever do. Truly. If I had a choice between walking straight into the mouth of a fire breathing dragon who had just eaten a village of garlic farmers or facing the blank page, I would put on my boots, kiss my husband goodbye, and walk Continue Reading
“Each rose represents a story, so I’m never at a loss for what to type. I just look deep into the heart of the rose, read its story, and then write it down.” – Steve Martin The definition of the word “inspiration” is to have air breathed into your lungs. So. Here’s a trick. Open Continue Reading
It’s 11:00 on a Friday morning. I am sitting at my laptop doing the work God intended. I am writing. This blog, like the whole of The Poetry Salon, is to be in service of the full flowering of your creative life, if you are trying to “turn pro” as an artist or just want Continue Reading