More thoughts on "How To Be Creative":
23. Worrying about "Commercial vs. Artistic" is a complete waste of time.It's a path well-trodden, and not a place where one is going to come up with many new, earth-shattering insights.
You can argue about "the shameful state of American Letters" till the cows come home. They were kvetching about it in 1950, they'll be kvetching about it in 2050.
But a lot of people like to dwell on it because it keeps them from having to ever journey into unknown territory. It's safe. It allows you to have strong emotions and opinions without witout any real risk to yourself. Without you having to do any of the actual hard work involved in the making and selling of something you believe in.
To me, it's not about whether Tom Clancy sells truckloads of books or a Nobel Prize Winner sells didly-squat. Those are just ciphers, a distraction. To me, it's about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth. Different criteria altogether.
Frankly, how a person nurtures and develeps his or her own "creative sovereignty", with or without the help of the world at large, is in my opinion a much more interesting subject.
(NB: Thanks to the comments for providing the inspiration for this thread. Heh.)Posted by hugh macleod at August 30, 2004 10:19 AM | TrackBack