I have been dipping into the book Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  I say dipping in because I normally have numerous books by my bedside and this is a book I cannot read cover to cover.  My sense is I will do a number of blogs on this book.

At present, I cannot admit to myself that what I do might be termed art. Yet at the same time I have read and reread chapter one and feel so much of it applies to me.  The following part of a paragraph, for example.

“To all viewers but yourslf, what matters is the product:  the finished
artwork.  To you, and you alone, what matters is the process: the
experience of shaping that artwork.  The viewers’ concerns are not
your concerns ….  Their  job is whatever it is: to be moved by art,
to be entertained by it, to make a killing off it, whatever.  Your job
is to learn to work on your work.”

That is what I must do: learn to work on my work.  And to those potential writers, learn to work on your work too.  Who knows when something that we write, even one paragraph, will soar and someone will have been changed by our making our work.

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