Road to Publication: When the Memoir Goes Meta

What do I mean by a memoir going "meta"? When the book itself is part of the story, and when the process of bringing the book to publication is also the story. (Teaser: I'm going to ask you to vote on a part of my upcoming memoir's cover.) Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road …

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Does Insecurity Drive Creativity?

I had the pleasure yesterday of seeing a photograph, taken by my daughter, on display at a D.C. art show. Pleasure is an understatement; I was bursting with pride. Both of my children give me reasons to smile. My daughter's art. My son's grades. The thoughtfulness and generosity of both. And yet. As I was …

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Making Your Passion a Profession

You're a gearhead. You love motorcycles. You're never happier than when you are attacking the open road, feeling the wind whoosh around you. You also have a passion for photography. You become a professional photographer of motorcycles. Marc Bondarenko of Birmingham, Alabama, is a classic example of a creative who has turned a passion into …

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Guest Post: Do the Work, Dispel the Myth of Creative Inspiration

Today we're featuring a guest post from accomplished visual artist Amy Buchheit. Amy was one of the creatives I interviewed on my cross-country U.S. road trip last year; a profile of her and a short video was posted recently to this blog. Enjoy her post below: When Patrick asked me to write a guest blog, …

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Overcoming the Stigma of the ‘Starving Artist’

"My parents told me, 'Oh, that's lovely, you've got a talent for art,' and they encouraged me until my sophomore or junior year in high school. Then they were like, 'Okay, that's a lovely hobby, now what are you going to do for a living?'" Painter/photographer Amy Buchheit had been programmed with the notion that …

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