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!

 

How to handle Egoistic neighbours?

There is this special neighbour of mine. She’s actually a very lovely and nice young woman. Nice, at that point, that she greets me. Lol.  I never even talked to her more than three words, but anyway, she seems very kind.

But I have a particular problem with her. She’s egoistic. How do I know that, although I never really talked to her? Well, it’s all about the way, she parks her car.

Yes. That’s it.

We have a, I just call it like that now, “communal bridge” in our neighbourhood. So, when it’s heavily raining and even hailing (which it does often atm), the people, who does not have a garage (like me!) can park their cars under that mentioned bridge. Nice idea, right? But this just doesn’t work, when stated lady parks her car across the whole thing. Isn’t that weird? If you would park your car just straight to the bridge wall, three cars would have space to stand below. But, no….Lady Egoist, she (who has a carport, by the way) takes all the space. So, I really wonder myself, why she is doing that? If anyone can tell me the answer, please go for it!

I will not give up, you know? The next time, I see the friendly Señorita, I will ask her if she may not be that egoistic. But in a nice way, of course, as I’m a peace loving human being.

 

Cheers!

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!

 

The wheel of time and why you have to stay creative.

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Can you say so?

I think you can. Because that’s what time actually is: A wheel, that runs and run and run and you will never have enough time. When I was a kid, my grandfather told me, that “Time flies by and the older you get, the more you will realise that”. As a child I couldn’t really relate to that, as all I did, was playing around, being outside, doing stuff all day long and so on, so on.

But, since I grow older and older with every morning, that I wake up, I finally get the insight, that my granddad was totally right. I mean, what we do in life, is probably the same daily grind, which basically consits of: we get up, we go to work, we work, we come home from work, we eat, we sleep.

Yes, not the life, that I imagined as a kid…

We are captives in a system, that forces you to work all day long, to bury your dreams and that exploits you. So, what to do against it? YES! Art! The only thing that keeps me sane. Either, your a writer, a visual artist, musician, actor/actress, dancer, or whatever creative. Never stop with that! Please, I beg you! The world needs more creativity! The world needs you and your stories, your paintings, your acting, your dancing and your music!

With this, I go now and do something creative: writing further on my story. Wish me luck as I wish you all the best for your works!

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!

Too many ideas…

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…not enough time?

Anyone agree? Then, clap your hands!

Right? I think most creative people know this feeling: Having various conceptions running through your mind, but with which one to start?

Okay, since months (that actually turned into years now) I have an idea about a story, set in the Victorian era and suddenly, it just happened a few days ago, my muse returned. I’m able to continue writing now! Yes!

Sometimes time goes by so quickly, and it still  happens, that you revert to your original idea and add more and more deepness into it. I love when this happens, just to mention.

Now, I already have 70 pages for this mentioned story and I think, finally I actually started writing.

 

Cheers!