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13 April 2011 @ 01:21 pm
"We make art because we like art."  
I just stumbled across a blog post from Austin Kleon called How to Steal Like an Artist and it's awesome and inspiring and I love it. It made me say YES THIS YES a lot.

A part that may be relevant to your interests:

The question every young writer asks is: “What should I write?”

And the cliched answer is, “Write what you know.”

This advice always leads to terrible stories in which nothing interesting happens.

The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s write what you *like*.

Write the kind of story you like best.

We make art because we like art.

All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction.
A.j.: gleeaj on April 13th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
a universal sigh: HP - Luna - papersnaushika on April 14th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
This is the best thing I've ever read!

I learned on my own recently that "write what you know" is a little silly. I had always just accepted that saying but never actually thought about it. Until I was in the middle of a Stephen King book and was like WAIT WAIT WAIT A MINUTE. STEPHEN KING DOESN'T "WRITE WHAT HE KNOWS" UNLESS HE KNOWS VAMPIRES AND TRANS-DIMENSIONAL BEINGS THAT EAT THE PAST AND ALIENS AND THE INSIDE OF GOD'S MIND AND SHIT. So ever since that clicked into place I've been like FUCK THAT I'M WRITING WHATEVER I WANT.
Little Red: ares - marsmylittleredgirl on April 19th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)

I have been thinking about this since you posted this comment and this is SO PERFECT. I am now writing all the sex-in-space I damn well feel like it. :) HA.
a universal sigh: Lost - Shannon - uncannynaushika on April 19th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
Bwahaha, awesome!! :D