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Don't Tie Your Wagon to a Star. BE the star.

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 2, 2014, 9:39 PM
I blogged about this last night, but felt it worth sharing here, too. 

As creative individuals we spend a whole lot of effort trying to be "discovered", to get our work out there for the public to see. We think, "If only I can get eyes on my work, I can sell it and be successful." DeviantArt is a great place for that, even as diluted as it is with amateur work, but the beauty of this community is how it provides a venue for beginners to get their legs and interact with others. 

My personal experience is with the publishing industry. This is something I've been thinking about a LOT lately, too. In spite of having landed a publishing contract for my first novel a few months ago (which I am happy about - yay for validation!), I strongly believe most writers have a skewed idea about how this whole marketing your creative self should work. 

The gist of my blog post (as vague as it was) is that you shouldn't look for validation from publishing houses or corporate art houses  (do those exist? I have no idea). Visual artists MAY have figured this out already, but I think writers are only just discovering the idea that they can sell themselves without a middle man. And that's all publishers are, where writers are concerned.

The fact is, what we make is the product that gets sold. It's the star this whole solar system of capitalism revolves around. Take away the artists, writers, musicians, and the business that depend on us creating have nothing to sell. So don't rely on a third party for validation of what you do. Be your own harshest critic (and be more brutal than you think you need to be). Shine your work until you're blinded by its brilliance. Then make it as visible as possible (on venues like dA and as many other places as are appropriate). 

Then wait for the wagons to line up.

  • Mood: Zeal
  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Smut
  • Drinking: Tequila

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I'm a writer. I'm not sure what that really means at the moment. Maybe it means I want to publish a novel, which I do. Maybe it means I approach the creative endeavor of writing in a particular way. I've been writing fan fiction for a long time, but I've always considered it a means to an end. Now I think I've reached that end. I don't intend to write more fan fiction after the ones I've already started or promised. I believe in finishing what I've started, at the very least.

Beyond that, I believe in exploring my greatest fantasies and bringing them to life and making all of you love them every bit as much as I do. That's what writers do.

When I'm not writing (which is rare anymore), I'm also a rabid gamer, both tabletop and PC (I rebuild my gaming rig about every three years) as well as Xbox.

PS: My avatar image comes from an awesome Japanese artist who makes beautiful art. There is more where this one came from: www.smokymonkeys.com/. I would be ecstatic if there was a detailed RPG that included this artwork and wasn't just a reskinning of WoW (I am so over MMOs in general).
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:iconjjgrimshaw:
Thanks for the fave, mate!
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pestomonkey 5 days ago  Professional Writer
You are very welcome! And congrats on the DD, that's awesome :D
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Kachinadoll Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:iconcutellama-plz::iconcutellama2-plz: Thanks for the Llama and here is one for your collection too! :) (Smile)
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pestomonkey Feb 28, 2014  Professional Writer
Lol! Love the little lama tossing emoticons! That's great :)
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Kachinadoll Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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TADASHI-STATION Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Merry Christmas, Jesse! :)
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Kachinadoll Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:icongingerforyouplz: Thank you for the fave! :)
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pestomonkey Dec 21, 2013  Professional Writer
You're welcome! I'm on a dragon kick lately :)
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Kachinadoll Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh cool!  Love dragon's! yay! :icongingerforyouplz:
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j456235 Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the fave Jesse.
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