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I have heard many theories on finding ones style–both for the artist and the writer. There are those who believe you cannot do anything to find it–it happens upon you and that’s that. Others thing there are specific steps you must take to develop it. I am of the mind that, to a point, it is healthy to look to others work for inspiration. It is also healthy to copy their work in our sketchbooks and diaries. In doing so, we learn the language of their style, so to speak. Once we have the language down, it is easier for us to analyze it, understand those components we like best, change it, and ultimately make it our own. I certainly do not promote blatant copying of another’s work–what is important in practice through replication is that we learn to look at art like an artist, or read like a writer–asking…

It always pains me to hear someone say “I’m not creative.” In general, I find this means they either associate creativity with drawing, painting, dance, music—the arts as it were and that they’ve tried their hand at one or many so called “artistic endeavors” only to find the results of their efforts leave something to be desired. While I will concede there seem something mysterious, wonderful, intangible about the muse dropping by, the truth is that there is a lot we can do to help her show up and to be as productive as possible when she does. Creativity is work. It is practice. It is being present every day and expecting that things will get better if we persevere. It is not always fun, but the baby steps are necessary and essential to the final works we show the world. I hope this video give some thoughts from someone…