By honing an art form, or even by being rather good at it, doesn’t guarantee anything, not even necessarily a spot in our own corner. The secret is to show and tell. How to provide mass access to our art to the public. So easy to say, so difficult to do. Besides creating great art, we are to be a publicist, marketing genius, social media, and IT expert. Or we must have enough money to hire such experts. We must have the capacity to transform immediately after our art is created from an introvert (a self-reflective recluse who helped us create our masterpiece in the first place) to a skilled extrovert who can inspire their audience with interesting presentations, enticing visions of their idea and good media messaging.
Public attention ( and if we are lucky, then public recognition) is the ficklest and most seductive of phenomena. Even though we may dodge its consideration for our own sanity, it is the darkest force that defines an artist’s place in the hierarchy of their professional worlds. If one is lucky, this recognition comes within the artist’s lifetime. If not, then years later, as we have seen with many of our maestros.
So, while our artist- life unfolds, how do we come to terms with our unique circumstances and live through hardship, elation, despair, and creativity?
My writer-life exists within either of these two realities – when I write and when I don’t. In-between, I have learned lessons that grew me up. Like you, when I speak, I want to be heard and when I write, I want to be read. So simple. Yet it has taken me years to decipher how. Writing my book didn’t ensure that it would be published and publishing my book didn’t ensure that it would be successful. In transitioning to an author, I found my bearings because of the choices that I made, some explicit, but mostly hidden.
This is why we created a Writers’ Blog.
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