Learning by making mistakes 

Close-up of TextI have to admit, that I really make a bunch of mistakes: in writing, in art, in music. I don’t get how people work without mistakes, anyway.

As expected, you really learn a lot from your mistakes. You accept them, and get better and better. I have a great example: My first portfolio was a HUGE mess. I didn’t know what or how to set my pictures that good to make them look somehow appealing. I needed a portfolio the fastest possible way, as I had a presentation about my work. It was, well,….for me, as a perfectionist, just terrible. The people, who looked at my book, they were amazed. Don’t ask me why. I really hated this book. Everything about it. I just wanted to throw it away as soon as I returned home.

I, happily, ignored the fact that I’m gonna need a new portfolio for some month. However, a few weeks ago, I realised that it’s very important to finally made a new one. So I started. I created and did. I worked days over days, I deleted, I re-created, I cried, I laughed.

Yesterday it came to me in book form and guess what? I WAS SATISFIED. I can’t tell you how much. I saw my book and was happy. I looked into it, and the happiness was ongoing. I made something right. Yes. After hours of desperation, I finally did it. So, the moral of this story is: You totally need mistakes, or how do you think, you would get better elsewise?? Make mistakes, write wrong, play wrong, sing wrong, paint wrong. Every mistake just bring you closer to a whole. It will bring you to a feeling of “finally achieving something”. Sure, mistakes will make you cry, sometimes maybe even put shame on you. But take all those experiences and let them flow into your new work, into your better work.

Dalí once said: “No tengas miedo de la perfección, nunca la alcanzarás” or in English: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” and I think that’s it. (Although, in my opinion, he’s perfect. But that’s a matter of opinion, anyway. Right?)

So, with this, I wish you a happy Friday. Create things, make art, play music, write stories. Just be aware of everything and accept mistakes. Improve yourself, everyday a little bit more and be happy about it then.

Cheers!

 

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The story of your life

The Last Bow BookWe all have stories in our heads, but there is ONE story, that actually could be the story of your life. Not because you are such an interesting person, NO, because it took you almost your whole life to finally finish it.

For this particular story, you would do anything, just to get it finished someday. You sit to your writing devise (whatever this is) and work, you stop, you work again, you get ideas, you fail, you gather information and ideas, you write again, perhaps you have a writer’s blockade, but then: You continue.

This goes on and on and on, but someday (hopefully) you reach your point, where you are able to say “I finished the story. My baby is born.” (ignore me)

So, I try to keep motivated, while writing, but to be honest, if you work on a very well researched story, the story almost writes itself without help. You are just the one, who type it down. The story takes over your brain and you keep on writing and writing. That’s lovely, right?

 

Cheers!

 

Inspiration

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What/who is responsible for your ideas?

In my case, it’s mostly music. I hear a song and then have a story in my inner eye. More like movie scenes, at first. Then, when I write, it could happen, that I listen to the same song over and over until my scene or chapter is finished.

Or, you go for a walk in the woods, the city or wherever, and then you see a perfect setting for a scene that would fit to your story ideas or already written chapters. I keep that scenery in my head while writing.

Last but not least: people. They are a huge source of inspiration! Either if it’s a famous person, a stranger you just saw on street, your friend or an invented one. It doesn’t really matter as long as you get plenty of ideas, when you think about that particular person. What will that person do in your story? What happened to them before? What will happen? I like to think about that.

 

Cheers!

 

Brainchild

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Why I always run over new ideas and why it takes me so long to finally put them on paper?

I mean, look…I have hundreds of ideas in my head for my first book. Like, a real book. No short stories nor novel…A book. And even for short stories and novels I have so many ideas, that I really start asking myself, how to put them all into one story?

Now I started to outline my ideas. They grow more and more with every day. I work through them on paper, while in my head, everything is already finished. I get more and more conceptions, I want to add fresh ideas into already “finished” chapters. Isn’t it funny, that I really get the feeling, that I will probably need years to finish this one particular story??

Anyway, I will try to take care of my sweet, lovely brainchilds. Wish me luck!

 

Cheers!