Fuck the Fear: Be Awesome Resources

Books on Creativity and Fear

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by David Bayles and Ted Orland
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
The War of Art:Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The Gap

Ira Glass on Storytelling The host of NPR’s This American Life talks about the gap between out taste and our ability. This is part three of a four-part series. Part one starts here. Ira Glass on Storytelling by David Shiyang Liu, an animated version of Glass' talk.

Make Something Everyday

Focused Dabbling by Neven Mrgan


Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, also has a great blog and Tumblr site.
Everything is a Remix, a four-part video series about influence and appropriation by filmmaker Kirby Ferguson.
Inspiration vs. Imitation by Jessica Hische

Fear & Art

I’m hardly a stranger to uncertainty and self-doubt. So picking up a copy of David Bayles and Ted Orland’s slim volume Art & Fear wasn’t a difficult choice.

I’ve just started but already the author’s have begun to catalogue many of the doubts that swirl in my head each time I begin a new project.

Here are some early gems on the necessity of failing:

“You learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many of the pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do is make the art you care bout – and lots of it!”

“Basically, those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue – or more precisely, have learned how to not quit.”

Keeping Their Attention

From David Mamet's new book Theatre, but applies equally to just about anything that involves an audience.

The job of the dramatist is to get, and that of the actors and directors to keep, the asses in the seats. Period. That is what pays the rent. Whatever an individual may have to say, it will not be heard unless the audience is (a) there and (b) paying attention. And no one pays attention to anything that bores them. Why should they? You won't, I won't.

We would all do well to take heed.

The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp

I just finished Twyla Tharp's The Collaborative Habit, the follow-up to her successful 2005 book, The Creative Habit. Here are some of my favorite passages:

"A great partnership is a lab where change happens every day."

"In any collaboration, no one likes to let colleagues down. Crisis focuses energy. When it really matters, people rise to the occasion."

"All artists have signatures. Most guard them closely. And again and again, I've found that really smart and talented people don't hoard the secrets of their success - they share them. It ain't as if you could use their methods and duplicate their results. Excellence is about so much more than craft."

"The more you ask, the more you get back. The more you challenge an audience, the moe challenging you can be to yourself."

And finally, my favorite:

"In the end, all collaborations are love stories."

Go buy the book.