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The Bluebird Manifesto

 striving toward an artistic life

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Social media is now officially part of an artist's job. There's no getting around it--if you're a writer, your agent and editor expect you to have an active social media presence, a website, and maybe even a blog. If you're a painter, you need to display your art onlin...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash...

                                                                                                                                  Photo by Vincent Erhart on Unsplash...

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

A necessary aspect of being an artist is, as I talked about in a previous post, a willingness to just be completely terrible at art. But if you've seriously pursued an artistic passion as a career, you are probably a...

Three weeks ago I got notes back on my manuscript from a screenwriter friend of mine. The notes were excellent; he was right about where the problem areas were and his recommendations were all on point. I gave myself a day to mourn that he didn’t read it and go, “This...

I have two main rules about my writing. The first I refer to as the “butt-in-chair” rule, because it states: Put your butt in the chair and do the thing. Or, as my former creative writing professor Ron Carlson said once, Write until your parents beg you to come away fr...

A little over a year ago, I was still working my museum job and had just conceived of the idea for this blog. I was trying to create as much content as possible in advance and I reached out to my husband Brad's childhood friend Sam, who works as a storyboarder here in...

All of the writing and creativity advice on the internet seems to amount to the same thing, which is discipline, or: "Don't just talk about it; do it." I call this the butt-in-chair rule. It's pretty much the only actual rule of making art*.

But often this advice is the...

Ah, money. We are told we will never make any as an artist, we sneer at the idea because we are brilliant and special and nineteen and if anyone can do it it’s totally us, and then we go out and live on ramen noodles for the next ten years and realize dear God, I am br...

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