The great ages did not perhaps produce much more talent than ours,’ [T.S.] Eliot wrote. ‘But less talent was wasted.
The conventional mind is passive – it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming.
There are no bad drawings.
Drawings are experiences.
The more you draw, the more experienced you’ll get.
In fact, you’ll learn more from bad or unpredictable or weird experiences than from those that go exactly as you’d hoped and planned.
So let it go.
Release your ego’s desire for perfection.
Create as much as you can, whenever you can.
A writer seizes every opportunity to wonder.
Every brilliant theory in physics, for example, has been proven mainly wrong, except for the most recent ones, which will be. The big players, like Newton and Copernicus, gave us answers that were later proved more wrong than right. What they did-and why they are valued-is direct our attention to more piercing and compelling questions or possibilities. (I’d suggest the same holds true for the big spiritual players, but that’s a different letter.)
We are never more creative than when we are at odds with the world and there is nothing so artistically destructive as comfort. Princess Leia taught me that.
There is no straight road to finding yourself, to making something.
A writer’s mind can never be empty.
In terms of achieving what I call “being in the right place at the right time,
Resolution of conflicting interests within each of us-the desire to fulfill a personal purpose versus the desire to forget about it and just go have fun, for example-takes time and focus and application of a lot of qualities, like playing a difficult piece of music with two hands on the piano. Many people are looking for a simple pill to make that apparent dichotomy go away. Once they discover it doesn’t exist, it’s very frustrating.