To be a good artist...

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by Tim Burdick on 18 January, 2014

Is create. Don’t just think about it or talk to friends. Practise, produce, and create. (Sorry, if it sounds like I am stating the obvious.)

The secret of my current boom of creativity is my morning pages. I got this idea from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Every day (usually) I write 2-3 pages in my notebook. I try not to stop. I write about everything: my fears, frustrations, stress, and doubts. Then, next I pluck an image, an idea, a person, a place and I write about that. Sometimes I write about nothing, or other days, I have a plan. But, I always write.

Some of you might call this: keeping a journal, free writing or brainstorming, or vomiting mentally on the page. For me, it is clearing or emptying my head so my imagination can play.

I have been dreaming, writing, editing, re-writing, The Ghosts’ Messenger for the last five years.

In the past, I have had a small doubt in my mind when I was writing. Was this book my last one? What would I do next?

Since last April, I have found the ending to my book, ideas for a picture book and a plot outline for another book series.

Now I know if you want to create a novel you must get your vision, dream, or inspiration on paper.

Ps-Depending on your artistic expression, you adapt this advice to any form of art.

I can’t wait to hear what you are doing.

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