Neil Gaiman recently gave the commencement address at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. If you are interested in becoming an artist or a freelancer of any sort, go pour yourself a cup of coffee and watch this video.
There. Don’t you feel better about your career choices? Two out of three isn’t impossible. So pick the two you can deliver right now. Then focus on getting that third up to snuff in case things change. Now go create something wonderful and share it with the world.
Over on Charles Stross’s (@cstross) blog, Catherynne Valente is guest-blogging. She has written two great posts that offer some great advice for writers.
If you are unfamiliar with Catherynne Valente (@catvalente), she is the author of a number of wonderful books, especially if you are a fan of fairy tales. And if you like fairy tales and Russia, you better read DEATHLESS.
Ms. Valente is young, very talented, and very creative. And she’s a workhorse. I can only assume, but her daily wordcount must be very high. Check out her advice. They are short pieces, but very honest. She will help keep your butt in the chair writing, despite your critics (whether internal or external), and she will also tell you how to make your writing better.