Posts Tagged ‘Inspriration’

No Luck

For any of you who’s EVER tried to play the guitar, check this kid out: Keep in mind that most of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s songs are so difficult to play that most guitarists have an arm that just cramps up after a short while:

Now check out the master playing the same song “Rude Mood”:

I’ve heard people say, “I tried playing guitar, but I just didn’t have any luck with it.”

There’s no luck. There’s only faith that you will succeed and being prepared by practicing…ALOT.


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Here’s a great video by To-Fu  “29 Ways to Stay Creative”. My favorite is number 14. What’s yours?

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Watch the video below and ask yourself, “What have I done today to get that one perfect shot, write that one succinct sentence, or make that one brush stroke that brings it all together?” Everything in life is a process. Art, especially so.

On Assignment from renan ozturk on Vimeo.

Find a way to take the first step toward your goal, then another, and another… Soon, you’ll realize you’ve made progress.

When chasing your dreams, doing something is always better than doing nothing. And, as is often the case, the more you stretch your limits – the more beauty you will capture.

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The wide world of publishing is a tough gig.  Writing is easy by comparison.  Writer’s, Publishers, Agents, and Bloggers are all talking about the changes in the publishing industry. Now, more than ever, you need your own platform before you ever actually publish your book. Why? Well, here’s the answer:

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Harlan Ellison

I warn you now that Harlan Ellison  is not for the faint of heart.  He is, however, one of the greatest writers bar none.  I was first introduced to Ellison through his fiction. One quote about watching TV grabbed me. Harlan Ellison describes it as “sucking on the glass teet.” He is unapologetic and a true gonzo writer. What inspires me most about Ellison is that he does not live behind the keyboard or hide behind an agent. He puts himself out there and has a ‘take it on the chin’ attitude. Say what you will, but whatever Ellison is writing about or commenting about it matters. So much in today’s writing, scripting, and even in our own lives just doesn’t matter because it requires too much. Too much energy, too much time, too much attitude, too much conflict, too much pain, too much love, too much outrage. For God’s sake, whatever you write about – let it matter and make people feel something one way or the other. Or, in the words of Harlan Ellison:

“Like a wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we were, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.”
— Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison describes the pursuit of the written word perfectly:

“When you’re all alone out there, on the end of the typewriter, with each new story a new appraisal by the world of whether you can still get it up or not, arrogance and self-esteem and deep breathing are all you have. It often looks like egomania. I assure you it’s the bold coverup of the absolutely terrified.”
— Harlan Ellison (Shatterday)

And what to write about:

“The only thing worth writing about is people. People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight. If you do not do it, the story is a failure. […] There is no nobler chore in the universe than holding up the mirror of reality and turning it slightly, so we have a new and different perception of the commonplace, the everyday, the ‘normal’, the obvious. People are reflected in the glass. The fantasy situation into which you thrust them is the mirror itself. And what we are shown should illuminate and alter our perception of the world around us. Failing that, you have failed totally.” -H. Ellison

And how to write and how to edit:

 “Never be afraid to go there.” – H. Ellison

“To say more is to say less.”  – Harlan Ellison

Now that blogging is more of a sport than an art form, I rely on these words:

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”  – Harlan Ellison

Finally, here is what Harlan Ellison has to say about how writers should behave and be compensated:

Warning!!! As most Harlan Ellison interviews do – this interview has profanity in it.  PS The check’s in the mail Harlan….the check’s in the mail.

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I describe inspiration and how it feels to me this way:  The way Bugs Bunny dances when he’s on top of gold or a carrot. Remember the cartoon where Bugs is doing this wacky, jerky dance every time he walks on top of gold (or a carrot)?Many of you won’t get that reference, but my fellow looney-toons will. Regardless of if you get it or if you don’t, all of us know that inspirations can strike like summer thunderstorm and then disappear as quickly as it blew up.

I draw inspiration by writing down what may seem mundane or even silly to me. You have to kill the thought that “No body wants to hear about that” and write it down in your notebook as a suggestion for a post.

Writing is hard work. Who knew?! Keep the pen moving. Don’t put it down unless you are ready to stab yourself in the eye with it, then it might be time for a break.

I like the quote from Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, “The harder I work, the luckier I seem to get.”

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