Tag Archives: A Writer’s Motivations

Making Less Art Leads to More Art

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about focus in artmaking.  More and more, it seems to me that in order to make great art – of whatever kind – you have to achieve a balance in side projects and distractions. A lot of the great achievers I read about – artists, scientists, whoever – seem […]

The Terror Gap (for Beginning Artists)

It’s a gap that causes terror, not a gap made of terror, nor one related to terrorism. “The Terror Gap” is the term I recently thought of that, for me at least, captures a particular feeling I get as a writer.  Often, when I think about a piece I’m working on – or even one […]

The Blogger’s Chicken-or-the-Egg

This time, for bloggers! Which comes first: being a good blogger, or having lots of readers? (This post will probably only be of interest to people who blog, because I presume I’m not the only blogger to have these thoughts and questions.) I do not believe that the world operates like a strict meritocracy.  I […]

The Aspiring Artist’s Chicken-or-the-Egg

Which comes first: being a successful artist, or being a full-time artist? Every artist wants to be successful, presumably, whatever that means to them.  Most artists, presumably, would like to be able to practice their art full-time and still make a living, or at least to be able to devote as much time to it as they can, if […]

What I Want

I want to be a part of the culture of ideas, the international idea stock exchange, the global human collaboration on sorting out life the universe and everything, the fraternity/sorority/whateverity of thinkers and philosophers and artists and social engineers and futurists, who are forever constructing a quilt of interlocking dialogues and discoveries and disagreements, who write plays […]

Writers: You Are the Theme

In college, I wrote several plays that were all supposed to be Very Important.  The idea was to use a story and characters as metaphors in order to advance my Theme and thus Improve the World.  Perhaps the theme was “Republicans and Democrats should stop yelling and communicate civilly” or “letting little homophobic comments slide leads to […]

A Writer’s Motivations: So Many Ideas, So Little Time

What’s that, muse in my head?  You have an idea for a play? What is it!  I’m excited to hear.  You always have such interesting ideas for plays and 3:49 A.M. on a Tuesday.  Wait, what was it?  It’s a… three-act twelve-character period-costume comedy-drama… in verse? Muse, you crazy! No one is gonna produce some […]