There are many qualities one must possess to be a working writer or artist. Talent, brains, tenacity. Wealthy parents are good. You should definitely try to have those. But first among equals, when it comes to necessary ingredients, is selfishness. A book is made out of small selfishnesses. The selfishness of shutting the door against your family. The selfishness of ignoring the pram in the hall. The selfishness of forgetting the real world to create a new one. The selfishness of stealing stories from real people. The selfishness of saving the best of yourself for that blank-faced anonymous paramour, the reader. The selfishness that comes from simply saying what you have to say.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
A superb illustration of why playing the numbers game and dismissing even a small percentage of your potential audience could be disastrous.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
So, so true ...if you design for everyone, you design for no-one.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
Tim Bray echoes my thoughts on conferences. "And let’s be brutal: at most conferences, there are two ways to get a talk accepted: submit an interesting talk, or bribe the conference organizer. Oops, sorry: I meant “be a platinum sponsor”."
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
This is quite clearly the greatest animated .gif in the history of animated .gifs. Nice one, Paul.