Book Club

24 May

This week was Book Club. We read Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. I really enjoy his work, and was excited to get a chance to read his book and see what he had to say about creativity. If you want to learn more about his art and what he does, you can visit his website at gapingvoid.com.

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

Each chapter in the book is a little snippet of advice, interspersed with his drawings. 40 chapters, starting with chapter 1. Ignore Everybody! Ignoring everybody sounds easier than it is. It can be difficult to ignore your family and your friends and fellow artists who have your best interests at heart (usually) when they start saying things like ‘are you sure you want to do that?’, ‘do you think you need more skill first?’, ‘is that even a doable idea?’, ‘do you think you should do what XXX is doing instead?’…..you get the idea. And what is worse, is your own self-talk that starts saying the same kinds of things! Whoa! You will never create your art if you listen to those voices! Put in your earplugs!

All of the chapters have this kind of little tidbits of info that are mostly common sense, but in a funny and clever tone. Several really struck home with the readers. Chapter 33. Allow your work to age with you. Chapter 35. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs. Chapter 23. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself. Chapter 37. Start blogging. Chapter 2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours. Chapter 26. You have to find your own schtick All of the chapters are similar. Full of great advice and lots of humor. And the clever cartoons/art he creates just add to the fun!

A couple of comments that jumped out at me as I read the book:

Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple.

The minute you become ready is the minute you stop dreaming. Suddenly it’s no longer about “becoming.” Suddenly it’s about “doing.”

The really good artists, the really successful entrepreneurs, figure out how to circumvent their limitations.

Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it’s primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it’s a primal calling.

Your wee voice doesn’t want you to sell something. Your wee voice wants you to make something. There’s a big difference.

Books like this include enough advice and insights to have something for everyone, something that you can take away and use in your own creative adventure.

Mostly I think the book gives you permission to be yourself and pursue your art and be OK with the journey you are on. It encourages you to do your own thing, no matter what it is. To do what makes you happy. Make your very own Art!!!!  And while we KNOW this, we fall victim to those voices (both external and internal). Remember Chapter 1? Ignore Everybody!

It is a quick and easy and entertaining read and I recommend it.

 

Our next book for book club will be Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. Another fun book to read with lots of clever insights. See you next month.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

 

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4 Responses to “Book Club”

  1. Sonja Milojevic May 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I like this! Wish I could read it. It’s obviously a good read for many of us who sometimes struggle with those voices. 🙂

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    • Deb Prewitt May 26, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      It was en entertaining book. Our next book is really great too. Do you not have access to any of these types of books there? Perhaps an e-book option? Just wondering. I can mail you books if you want me to.

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  2. Lynnita Knoch May 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    I haven’t had a chance to read it yet – I have it on hold through the library. Must be fairly popular! I have the next book on hold, too! Hopefully, it will come in before the month is out! Will comment again when I’ve had a chance to read them!

    I understand about the voices – it’s hard to block them sometimes. Sometimes they can be so destructive, instead of constructive. I think we have to be careful what we say to others! It’s easy to make comments, especially when we are in a group, even though our opinion isn’t always requested. A couple years ago, at a quilt retreat, one gal had hung her quilt-in-progress on a design wall. That gave others “permission’ to add their 2 cents, even though she didn’t ask for it. It was certainly a lesson to me to watch what I say to others.

    I’m looking forward to reading the book.

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    • Deb Prewitt May 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

      Giving our 2 cents worth can be problematic. You are right, it often isn’t asked for, yet we give it anyway. And it is often too easy to listen and believe what everyone else’s 2 cents worth is. Ignoring our friends and loved ones is very difficult to do though.

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