Why You Should Collaborate With A Fellow Artist

typewriterFor years, my ambition has been to write a book. I have participated in a number of NaNoWriMo’s and started over a dozen books, only ever finishing one. Sometimes, it can be draining to try but to no avail. When you’ve tried (and failed) so many times, your enthusiasm can begin to deteriorate.

Recently, my best friend came to me with the idea of collaborating on a novel or book. I had always wanted to write a collaborative book but, naturally, I was skeptical. I work well on my own: I know what I want and how I do things and I proved before that my systems work, however unreliably.

Despite this, I was still enthusiastic about the idea of working with someone else. Not long into our project, I can already tell you that collaborating with another person (no matter what your art is) is a great way to find your muse (remember when mine went missing?)

Here are three of the reasons I’ve found so far:

Creative Differences

At first, I thought it would be more difficult to work with someone who wrote in a different genre, tense, and person to me; someone who’s style was miles from my own. Despite my initial thoughts, these creative differences give us both the potential to stretch and challenge ourselves, therefore bettering our writing and our story. Continue reading Why You Should Collaborate With A Fellow Artist


Wearing Your Own Skin

Whether we like it or not, the majority of people live their lives to please others, rather than themselves. We are driven by people’s perceptions of us and are seldom content with what we look like and expressing the person we are.

What do they think about me? It’s a question I’ve asked myself thousands of times, and I’m sure you have also. The truth is, most of us do not want to know the answer because we are convinced it will not reassure us. The other part of us cannot resist the curiosity and we often find ourselves expressing this question aloud to others.

There was a time in the lives of every person who thinks of this question where they were not dictated by these thoughts. The likelihood of it is that we cannot, unfortunately, remember that time. In fact, we were young children and the fact that our self-esteem begins to deteriorate at all as we grow older is heartbreaking.

Often, these insecurities derive from peer pressure and social conformities. This, I’m convinced, is why there has been such a rise in the amount of teenagers suffering with insecurities concerning the person they are and, more often, the way they look. 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 to 25. And, despite popular belief, it’s not just women who experience such insecurities. In fact, a survey in the UK found that four out of five men confess to being unhappy about their body. Thirty-five percent of respondents admitted that they would trade a year of their life in order to achieve their ideal body weight or shape. Continue reading Wearing Your Own Skin

The Creative Urge

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, background, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take organized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.

– Dieter F. Uchtdorf –

If you create anything at all (which is pretty much everyone, so, probably, you), then you most likely know of the creative urge.

For me, more often than not, I find that my muse is very much MIA and no amount of search parties can find it. Although, inspiration does strike me at the most bizarre (and often inconvenient) moments.

For example, after a bad day I’ll often feel the burning desire to paint or create something expressive. I’d suppose this is because my emotions are running high and the most therapeutic (and indeed healthiest) way of releasing them would be through creativity. Or, I’ll have a sudden spur of creative urge at two am, just as I’m about to settle down to sleep after a long day. Continue reading The Creative Urge

How Taylor Swift is Taking A Stand For The Music Industry

UPDATE 22/06/2015: After releasing an open letter addressed to Apple, Taylor Swift has managed to alter the way that the new streaming service Apple Music will pay artists for their music during the three month free trial that it is offering.

When the majority of people think of Taylor Swift, the chances are that they’ll think of songs like ‘Shake It Off‘, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together‘ and ‘22‘ and her newly established pop image. When think of Taylor Swift, I think of her lyrical talent displayed in songs such as ‘All Too Well‘, ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic‘ and ‘Back to December‘ and her country image. What I would suppose hardly anyone considers when thinking of Taylor Swift is her sense of business and her taking a stand for the music industry, which is exactly what she seems to be in the process of doing.

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Hard Drive

Dear dubious Sir/Madam,

Unbeknown to you in this present moment is that this antique that is my former hard drive holds little more than my ramblings and creations. Some of what you find will make little sense to the naked eye but I beg you not to analyse my thoughts for you won’t get very far.

Don’t be scared. I can tell you now that my every thought is not plagued with only the thoughts that the world is unjust, that the cure to cancer is trapped within the brain of a person who cannot afford an education, or that an apple a day will keep anyone away if thrown hard enough. Nor does my inner monologue speak in such a monotonous tone as you might expect from reading this, or any of my other musings.

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John Green is Overrated

Originally posted on Opinionated Duck

John Green is overrated.

Not a bad writer, not a hideous storyteller, not a terrible man, just overrated.

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If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?” – Daily Prompt

Time is such a conflicted thing. For one, it doesn’t really exist. Time is but a mere system that the human race created in order to establish a sense of order and yet these series of numbers rule our lives in more than one way. It also seems to slow down when you wish it wouldn’t, and speed up when you want to remain in a moment forever. It refuses to cooperate and instead dictates how many of us live our lives.

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