(drawing without looking, Todd Rundgren)
Everyone should go read these two things right now:
Danielle Henderson's Give Up Giving Up
There’s something you really want to do right now. Maybe you’re thinking of performing on open-mike night at a comedy club. Or applying to your dream school. Or submitting your work to a magazine, journal, website, TV show, etc. Or trying a new sport or musical instrument. Or just asking someone out. It’s something you’ve never tried before, and it could get you one step closer to a dream of yours. But, right this minute, you’re already talking yourself out of it. (more)
Antonia Cornwell's On Drawing
"I mean, even when you are grown up, and have your own house, make sure it has paper in it, and pencils, and pens, all kinds. Make sure you keep drawing things in your house. Have them there for when you want them or need them. If you have had a good day, draw. If you have had a rubbish day, draw. Your drawings make you and other people happy. That's what I mean. Always draw." (more)
I'm not one to tell you to "go make something" or "be productive" because I'd be completely hypocritical if I were to say those things. So I'm not going to tell you that now. But I'll tell you this: the two essays above are making it easier for me to be productive, loosening the grip that the Fear of Creation & Submission had on my hands. (Recently I had my first UFC bout explained to me, and with that I can confidently say that this fear was using a Kimura on me.)
May they do the same for you as well.
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