When does creativity happen? It seems that the more we try to make something happen, the more interference we introduce to the creative process. So how do we achieve a breakthrough?
Welcome to the Daily Writing archive. Here's where you'll find previous articles written Monday to Saturday on larrygmaguire.com. I show up every morning to write the subject of writing, art, creativity, business and marketing. It's a catch-all place for topics that are on my mind, that I'm focused on currently. If you enjoy sunday Letters you'll enjoy these short daily writings. You can also listen to each article on The Daily Larb.
There’s a new religion taking hold. In fact, there are many of them, lurking in the minds of righteous and well-meaning people. In my country, Ireland, the unobstructed march of the righteous, initially well-meaning in their pursuits, ultimately brought about the exact opposite to that which they preached. The Catholic church and their unconscious disciples held high the moral benchmark for society. So high, in fact, none of us could reach it.
The mere exposure effect says I can manipulate you easily. I want to cleverly influence you towards doing what I want without you so much as suspecting I’m a crafty bastard. You’re asleep at the wheel you see and ripe for this manipulation. I have an agenda and I intend to act purposefully to get what I want from this transaction.
Yesterday I celebrated (well I didn’t really) 100 Episodes Of The Daily Larb. The Daily Larb wasn’t a show I did a whole pile of shouting about. I did very little marketing for the show actually. As such listenership numbers are low enough. It was an experiment that I conducted using my iPhone and an iOS app named Anchor.
This morning I want to share with you some ideas on mentorship and advice. It appears to me that there is nothing inherently good, bad, right or wrong about advice. It seems to be more about how open we are and how we use it. There have been times I’ve taken advice, both solicited and unsolicited.
Sometimes I get frustrated, I lose enthusiasm when results don’t show up. Like this morning. I realise that reversing the momentum of the current trend is vital if I am to hit my goal of publishing this book on time. But right now I’m not feeling it.
The artist’s duty is often doubted by the artist herself, but can never ultimately be in doubt. What motivates the creative person is inherently personal, coming from a multitude of real world and psychic experiences. In that, it is as all art should be, boundless. When we define art we box it in. The self cannot be boxed in, not ultimately.