7 Things For the Maker Mind This Week

7 Things For the Maker Mind This Week

Hello, my friends.

I hope your summer is filled with a lot of art, creativity, making, and rest. Yes, rest. I’ve been thinking a lot about cultivating healthy work and rest rhythms for making better art. We have to fill up the well to have something to give.

Here’s something from Hemingway via George Saunders (from his Paris Review interview):

“Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job even though only a few hours a day are spent on the actual writing. A writer can be compared to a well. There are as many kinds of wells as there are writers. The important thing is to have good water in the well, and it is better to take a regular amount out than to pump the well dry and wait for it to refill.”

Now, seven things for better art and life.

The Seven

1. Behind the Scenes with Ernest Hemingway

Some gems for the creative and writing process in this interview with the master storyteller. Consider a subscription, worth every penny (40% off).

2. Book Recommendation: Rembrandt in the Wind

For faith-people, or not, you’ll love the perspective in this book. Often in faith circles, art is minimized, but Russ Ramsey shows the common humanity in these artists, and how we all need grace.

Here’s a quote from Rembrandt:

“A painting is finished when the artist says it is finished.”

3. The Order of Words Matter: How to Grab Attention in Writing?

A lesson from screenwriter Nora Ephron on the power of words. See what happens when you change a sentence around?

4. A Master Class in Fighting Resistance

Steven Pressfield doesn’t do many interviews. But in this interview on Chase Jarvis Live, he gives a master class in making great art, and fighting our creativity demons. Talent is bull%$#!@!

5. 3 Websites I LOVE for Design

I did a little tutorial on three of my favorite design websites. No more crappy designs!

6. Neil Gaiman and the Healing Power of Stories

In this interview, Gaiman talks about art and the ability to heal. Worth an hour of your time.

7. My Podcast and YouTube Channel

I have some new interviews live on the Podcast. I also am adding more content to my YouTube channel which has been neglected, well, for years.

My Final Thoughts Of The Week

A quick reminder:

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Go and make great art with your life!

Ryan

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