Who is your art not for?

There will be those who don’t get it. Who will laugh at, try to sabotage and get in the way of what you are doing.

You may then spend much of your time trying to win them round because you want everyone to agree with you. This is impossible. They just want you to fail. They are maybe jealous or angry. Let them be. Because you will waste your art and time trying to achieve the impossible. Continue reading

Hemingway is right; you are wrong.

“The first draft of anything is shit”

Ernest Hemingway said that. He is one of the greatest writers that has ever lived. I am not one of the greatest writers that is even living at this moment. In Belfast. Probably even in my own home. Yet this fills me with confidence, because most of what I write first time is indeed shit. You know what they say, if it looks like shit and smells like shit…it’s probably your first draft.

But I’m in good company apparently.

Often when we start anything creative we compare what we have at the start with what we imagine or hope we have at the end. And it never holds up. It can’t. It hasn’t had time to brew or soak. It needs to just come out unedited and you can worry about moulding it later.

You don’t have to have the finished project on the first go so take the pressure off yourself knowing that you can’t. It’s probably better to listen to Hemingway than yourself on this.

Also, if you thought this post was shit that’s okay because it was my first draft.

See?!

He was right.

Tying Your Shoe Laces

So the last couple of days have been pretty stressful for me. Work troubles you ask? Nope. Deadlines looming? Got in there just in time. Missed JT week on Jimmy Fallon?….caught it on t’internet thank you very much, the new album is pretty hot too…er sorry off topic.

No the last couple of days have been stressful for one other reason.

The snow.

Now I don’t really mind the snow usually. I have no opinion on it actually.

However, saying all that, the snow is causing me some serious worry in the fact that I have not been able to run the last couple of days.

Wait?! That’s why you are stressed? You haven’t been able to run?

Yep that’s right. I’m running a marathon in a few weeks and I don’t want to fall back on my plan.

Yeah yeah, but seriously… stressed because you can’t run? Continue reading

No time like the present.

It is never too late to start… but start today.

A great quote from Ricky Gervais.

If you have a dream or a challenge you want to face down you can still achieve it. It doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 60. If you are in anyway spiritual you probably believe in second chances. Or third and fourth. So bring your belief into real life.

What’s really stopping you?

Not enough time? Not enough money? Not good enough?

Then get up early. Ask for money. Practice.

There are no real good excuses.

But don’t leave it. Don’t wait until you have more of those things to pursue it. There is no time like the present is a cliché but more so it is truth. Because tomorrow will still be too soon if you delay. If you think that today is not the right time what difference will it be when you think about starting tomorrow?

Tomorrow will be a today soon enough.

At the end of the day it all comes back to fear.

What are you afraid of?

Failing? Succeeding? Or never knowing?

If you’re afraid of anything make it the last.

Journaling and Scales. The Art of warming up.

I tweeted earlier that  journaling is to writing what practicing scales is to playing music. Not only does it warm up my fingers but it also warms up my brain. I can just start writing and not worry about the content or the punctuation. I don’t care about spelling or whether I uses the right version of your or you’re (Your probably not going to notice anyway).  It’s just a way of getting started because we all know that starting is the hard part.

But journaling creates something new that engages the brain, that brings about the muse and gives us ideas. It’s a way of getting into the flow. This post started with some random thoughts. The core of this blog was already written before I even started trying properly.

Resistance tells me not to journal because it will distract me from ‘real’ writing. But if I am not ‘real’ writing then I may at least ‘journal’ write. If nothing good comes of it that’s ok. If it is rubbish, it’s ok because I am doing the work. I showed up and I got it done.

Mozart probably didn’t need to practice much. He was born with music growing in his mind. Messi was born with a ball attached to his feet. Most of us aren’t like that and we need to work at it. That doesn’t mean you are weak. It just means you are like nearly almost everyone else.

You want to get readers then you have to write. You want to make a great presentation to a lot of people  then you have to make a  great presentation to 20 people. You want to play at Wimbledon then you have to get out and at least hit some serves. You didn’t hit a serve in? That’s ok. You showed up. And you will again tomorrow too.

Then you will start hitting serves in.

And then you will start hitting aces.