Art and Culture # 4: How to Master your Craft

29 Jan

If there’s one thing I can impart on people is that there are no rules, and if you have rules, learn to change the rules according to each book. Sometimes you might need an action scene to help boost your technique, or if you write too much action, have characters sitting around where you can talk about things that scare you, and it will make it into the story. What is extraordinary is that you don’t need to like Hemingway to be a genius. Hemingway is what you want when you want to be direct and simple. Sometimes being simple is good, but you have to write in a maximalist way, like Thomas Pynchon. What is possible is that you don’t have to follow one way because if you follow one way, there’s no room for play. 

            The thing is with money is that it’s good. I am not a fan of communism, and that really leads to artistic purity. If you have a communistic martyr, that means he’s a failed hero. I think that actually makes sense when you have a hero who doesn’t actually do a thing, and then thinks he’s the greatest character ever. That’s more akin to F Scott Fitzgerald’s narrator in the Great Gatsby. What you find is that hero’s, in the modern era, have a narrow view of masculinity, and you have to read Homer to find out what masculinity means.

            You can have all the hype and praise you want. It doesn’t mean people will buy your book. There’s comfortability in having the industry praise your work, but when it means your writing suffers, to meet some imaginary audience and industry that pressures you to think like them, then it’s not about creativity. It’s about money. If you like writing genre works then be sure to have fun while you do it. Because if you don’t have fun, then no one is having fun. Serious literature is great and wonderful, but if you don’t find what you like to write about, then you should just be an accountant. 

            Also, writing books, painting, Art, can and should be monetized and you should be paid for your labor. What you have to understand is that when you write, it’s about not shaving, cutting you hair (metaphorically), but it’s learning you must write in order to find out who you really are. Who are you really underneath the words you write? If it’s a ravenous soul, then you can fit well in the thriller, mystery, psychopath aisle. But then, why would anyone want to be stuck in the middle of the road? If you do like anything, you should be aware of all tricks of the trade. 

            Remember that Herman Melville did write a revenge story about a mad captain, Ahab, who was in pursuit of a white whale for taking his leg and his crew. Once you understand Ahab, you can also learn what makes Ishmael follow through with his journey to help Ahab. What the worst advice is living in one zone of thought. 

            If the advice is clear or not, it makes you seem more aware of what you can do as a writer, or painter. No one should ever live in a box when there are so many shapes to live in. Art should not exist for one polar axis either. Learning what people think and learning to understand helps you become fully aware of the rich dad, poor dad idea. 

            Writing, painting, or even creating games, takes your life to understand what you can and can’t do, but even so, you always can improve even when you aren’t aware of it. Being aware is good when you are in traffic. You stop at the red sign and go at green and slow down at yellow. It becomes instinctual. You stop thinking about it and do it. You don’t ask yourself why you’re breathing unless you’re in pain. 

            Sometimes dealing with your past and stupid actions put you in the driver’s seat of creativity. Then you can learn how to make that pain translate to others. But joy and love and human emotions are part of it too. But creativity is not just about technique, but the way you write matters, and how different you are. 

            Publishers only care about looking the same. Not the Artist. It’s why many of them, after they get famous, go to the digital and self-publishing market. If they have a name, they don’t need a publisher. Unless they want a huge fat check. Then that means you can be bought. Just be careful of what you get in return

            Mastering art matters little to publishers. They don’t like your work just the fact that they can change it. So, learning it for yourself can be for double importance. If you show that you are a good editor, you can have the satisfaction but also keep more of the receipts. 

            Mastering Art also requires shutting out the world too. Yes, turn the news off. Sometimes its for the best. Learn to write in silence. Unless your significant other is at home, then put on headphones. Culture requires that you have total abandon when you are creating something. Learn to be yourself. 

Note from Louis: Thanks so much for reading my articles and being such a constant reader. Also, I want to stress that to keep my content ad free, please subscribe, donate, like, (and share the article if you can’t donate, all help is appreciated)to have access to top tier content, and also grow my page to help keep corporations mad all day. I am still shadow banned, but steadily growing my page, thanks to your support. If you have any tips or want to get in contact, I am open to hearing from you.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. His latest novel, Come Home, Young One, is available on Lulu.com and will be available on other platforms at a later date. https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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