VII: Neil Gaiman’s advice to aspiring artists Posted on December 7, 2012 by fhhakansson in Writing Found this while browsing the “Writing” section of reddit. It’s short and straight to the point. – F H Hakansson Related Published by fhhakansson Follow the up-and-coming science fiction author from Sweden as he shares his creative visions, his every day life, and journey to authorship. View all posts by fhhakansson
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When I’m feeling unmotivated, I’ll come here to watch this video, haha!
Exactly how I felt when I watched it 🙂
PERHAPS (MORE PROSE WITH PRETENTIONS)
Just for the sake of argument
That my unique point of view
Might change the world if only
– And never you mind the size of
Of that “if only” – I put it out there
It’s that I’m a little lacking in hubris
But I’m not convinced it would help
Hitler, Mao Tse-tung spring to mind
And I may not wake up tomorrow
When the reforms will surely go to pot
It might be an idea have a back-up plan
So if I do ever find myself unexpectedly
Importuned by some benighted meanderer
Having handily both Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu
I’ll give them the books, and an encouraging smile
Nice to have criticism in this form! First of all, yes, a back-up plan is always needed. Even if you do have a unique point of view the world is still dominated by demand and if your thoughts, so to speak, are not needed your art will not be appreciated and thus not able to earn your living. What happens if we manage to unleash ideology having the same horrible effect on society as communism? well – one can never know until it is too late.
This is a great reminder to us that everyone needs to do what they love to do. Otherwise, life is pretty pointless.