August 18, 2004

sing in your own voice

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More thoughts on "How To Be Creative":

19. Sing in your own voice.

Piccasso was a terrible colorist. Turner couldn't paint human beings worth a damn. Saul Steinberg's formal drafting skills were appalling. TS Eliot had a full-time day job. Henry Miller was a wildly uneven writer. Bob Dylan can't sing or play guitar.

But that didn't stop them, right?

So I guess the next question is, "Why not?"

I have no idea. Why should it?

Posted by hugh macleod at August 18, 2004 9:30 PM | TrackBack
Comments

that's an encouraging piece of advice!

Posted by: paulo ribeiro at August 18, 2004 10:59 PM

you do have a point.

Posted by: ronald at August 19, 2004 1:48 AM

Yes, inspired amateurism trumps consistent professionalism. Give me The Ramones and John Kennedy Toole anyday.

Posted by: Mr. Sun at August 19, 2004 3:59 PM

I agree! Although sometimes I find people simply believing their work is the bee's knees completely lacking in any capacity to self-edit.

Posted by: Business Cartoons at August 21, 2004 3:50 PM