Thursday, 4 August 2016

Writing - True to your art

So we are all individuals and if you write, paint, draw, sculpt, photograph or whichever is your artistic bent, we put ourselves into our work. People who do not make their lives from art by reviewing or criticising, will have the time and inclination to enjoy the art that engages with them on a personal level. In a sense it is the artist conversing with the recipient at a subconscious level.

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David Bowie

Nobody typifies the above view than David Bowie who expressed his artistic side in music which changed and developed as he grew. The people who followed his music may have enjoyed his early stuff or his later work, whichever they dip in and out as it suits. Writing your stories or poetry is very similar, so why do the 'gatekeepers' stand in the way of progress in the name of capitalism? How many books you sell or don't sell, isn't a testimony to your ability to write, but a measure of the people with whom you have connected.

My point - be true to your own art. You won't sell more books by trying to make yourself more popular.

In contrast my good friends at Venture Galleries have been featuring my award with the East Texan Writer Guild and the Steele novel Flight into Secrecy which is quite topical as yet another theory about the missing MH370 has appeared in the news. The link to the feature is below.

The award chapter is included in the above blog as a sample of the whole book. 

Click here to go to Amazon where the book is available in all formats.

God Bless