Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.
“What’s so hard about that first sentence is that you’re stuck with it. Everything else is going to flow out of that sentence. And by the time you’ve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone.”
Note: I subscribed to this notion for a long time but ultimately found it constricting; better to imagine a multitude of paths forward than One True Way.
When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. — Oscar Wilde
Note: "When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money." --Oscar Wilde
We do not long remember those artists who followed the rules more diligently than anyone else. We remember those who made the art from which the “rules” inevitably follow.
Note: Great quote from Art & Fear