I’m not saying that there aren’t occasions when entertainments transcend their aim and become art, and I’m certainly not suggesting that art must not entertain, but the ultimate aim of an entertainment is to confirm the reader’s existing sense of how things are and how things should be, while the aim of the literary artist is to upset and disrupt that vision.
Listen carefully to first criticisms of your work. Note carefully just what it is about your work that the critics don’t like-then cultivate it. That’s the part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.
For you can look at things while talking or with a radio going full blast, but you can only see when the chatter stops.
Going to the studio every day is a really bad habit-
It’s like being an employee,
You have to live life, and from life comes ideas.
Whether I’m painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I’m not working, I’m still analyzing people.
To the rationally minded the mental processes of the intuitive appear to work backwards.
No artist needs criticism, he only needs appreciation. If he needs criticism he is no artist.