Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

Quotes: Deborah Willis

Failure and Rejection
"One of my writing teachers, Patrick Lane, once told us a story about a group of writers who had a competition with each other to see who could get the most rejection letters in one year. At the end of the year, they found that the writer with the most rejections was also the writer with the most acceptance letters. I heard this story when I was about 18 years old, and am still grateful for it, because it has allowed me to see rejection as a necessary part of the writing and publishing process, not as failure." –– Deborah Willis (b. 1982), Canadian author

*source: The Book Report: Deborah Willis. 'Books.' The Globe and Mail, Saturday February 25, 2017, p. R20

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Quotes: Louise Desalvo

Failure
"Chip Heath and Dan Heath's Switch (2010) states that if we want to reach our full potential, we need to cultivate "a growth mind-set." According to Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, "Everything can look like a failure in the middle. At the beginning of a project, we feel hope; at the end we might feel confident. But in between "there is a negative emotional valley labeled 'insight'," according to Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. During this phase, it's easy to become downhearted because it's immensely difficult to figure out what to do next.

"It's hard to take a mountain of manuscripts we've written –– starts, false starts, finished work, half-completed work, fine work –– and turn it into a book. Brown insists it'll be easier to weather that trough in the creative arc if we anticipate, even expect, failure in the middle of the process. Brown encourages people to "seek out failure" because it's the only way for genuine growth to occur. Without failure, our work stagnates. Without failure, we're not frustrated enough to seek new solutions to the challenges we're confronting." –– Louise Desalvo (b. 1942), American author

*source: Louise Desalvo. The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2014 (p.122)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello y'all. In September I discovered Instagram and it's where I'm hanging out these days. You can find me at Dayindayoutstudio.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Quotes: Morton Feldman

"Where in life we do everything we can to avoid anxiety, in art we must pursue it." –– Morton Feldman (1926-1987), American composer

Monday, 28 November 2016

Quotes: Angela Davis

"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept." –– Angela Davis (b. 1944), American author, activist, and academic

Monday, 21 November 2016

Quotes: Wendell Berry

Make a story
Show how love and joy
Beauty and goodness
Shine out amongst the rubble
–– Wendell Berry (b. 1934), American author, farmer, and activist

* Source: Sabbath 2006 X