I have recently been re-reading Austin Kleon’s books Show your work and Steal like an Artist, as well as reading the notes that came with Susannah Conway’s Blogging from the Heart course that I did. I have been doing this with my soulbook taking notes. Which means I am processing the information in a different way, not only taking notes as I would if I were studying, but taking notes about how it relates to me and what I am doing.
Both of them encourage to share more. Austin is an advocate of sharing some of your work each day, now I am not quite sure how I can do that as a writer, except show where I find things and I am going to start to do that every fortnight or so, but showing my creative work? My visual journalling, my starting to beginning to paint and draw with Sketchbook Skool? EEK, that is truly scary.
I showed one piece on my Dreaming on Paper post and that felt like it took every piece of courage that I had. To do that on a daily basis? Ouch, I don’t know as if I can! Crystal Moody shows a painting that she does everyday, last year she did a drawing a day and she talks about how she is going for quantity over quality, that her young daughter produces lots of work each day and there are often quite good things. But I am a self taught (and online) taught artist, in fact the thought of using the word ‘artist’ to describe myself makes me deeply uncomfortable. It is only a couple of years that I have been thinking of myself as creative and a writer.
I have just got up the courage to start using Flickr to post my photos, but that is not daily, but weekly or so. That is a big step for me. So I have started to post a photo a day on Instagram. But Austin talks about focusing on the process, not the outcome, so I guess I can do that. Interestingly in the last four books like this I have read they have all focused on process, rather than the outcome. I find that a helpful way to think.
Think about what you want to learn and then make a commitment to learning in front of others
I will write a post about how I am doing that with music, and I guess I have been in writing public for years – both blogging (I had another before this) and in PR I had a number of article published under client’s names. But visual work? I think I am going to keep that hidden for a little while longer until I am more comfortable.
Susannah advocates a more heart centred approach to writing and hopefully since I did her course you have seen the change in my writing style, I am certainly much more open about my life and the processes of it, especially of living with a chronic illness. And as I develop my visual art skills I will hopefully develop the courage and confidence to share those with you..