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[Aug. 20th, 2007|07:45 pm]
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I was going to write a post about why it's better to be an artist than a writer or vice-versa, but I realized I was probably going to sound whiny and idiotic.

I still do wish it would ever happen that someone would look over my shoulder and say 'wow', but unfortunately, that is one of the indisputable facts. If you are a good artist, it is a simple fact that your work is easier to appreciate on a surface level than a writer's is.

Of course, if I realize I have a clumsy sentence in my final draft, I don't have to crumple it up and do it over, either. If someone screws up in art and doesn't realize it until they're finished, in at least several art mediums they're just screwed.

At least twice over this weekend, someone took out a leaky marker and in one moment completely screwed up over an hour of hard work. Thank god, being a writer tends to be more forgiving.

[User Picture]From: mauracelt
2007-08-21 09:30 pm (UTC)
I write and paint and I still think that the worst critic in the whole world is myself. Some day someone Will look over your shoulder and enjoy what you have created, no matter how silly or unprofessional it may seem to you, so don't give up, ever! I have friends in Clol. that begged me to write poetry for them to give as gifts even tho I personally thought my stuff stunk, I also have two paintings hanging in a coffee shop here in Mass where I live. See? No matter what You may think, someone out there Will like what you have done, even if you don't!! *hug*
Luck to you, I'll keep watching to see what's up next. ;)
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2007-08-22 03:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's not so much that I don't think I have talent (though I frequently worry about that too), but that sometimes I wish I could just hook people as they go by. I'm a writer only, and people just don't get excited at seeing text on my screen. ^^;;
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[User Picture]From: mauracelt
2007-08-22 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, it was my perpetual writing in public that got me my first offer for the poetry. People snatching pages off my table and reading them at the coffeeshop I 'lived' at in Denver. *rolls eyes* Got more people trying to pay me for stuff that way than I've ever gotten trying to get published, which is sttill in the failing mode. *sigh*
The paintings were sort of a thing that my best friend got me to try to market locally as the city was doing a 'local arts' presentation city wide. Ended up selling two pieces to the same shop, and have had offers to create more for them, but I don't really leave the house much anymore, so it's kinda hard. Most folks out here seem to think that you should be at their place to work, not that you need your own space to get things done. Go Figure!! *shakes head*
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2007-08-23 04:57 am (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe I ought to scribble on paper at cons instead of sticking my nose into my laptop.

(I get this feeling some people think it's unfair when I pull out my laptop for sprint writing, and they could be right. ^^;;)
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[User Picture]From: mauracelt
2007-08-23 05:35 pm (UTC)
You just never kn ow Who is attending those things, really. One of my best friends out home got her first chance to write for TV when she was at a con. Might be just what you need, ya know? I would love to have a laptop, just to be able to link when and where I want, but the writing is strictly hands on (pen in hand and all) and I have more pages I've written in public than I can count!
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[User Picture]From: cyfis
2007-08-22 01:18 am (UTC)
Photoshop FTW.
...unless of course you didn't change the default settings where "Save As" still reverts to saving over your old file...
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