I just lately had an opportunity to learn the guide – Present Your Work, by Austin Kleon. To say that the guide has been an eye-opener can be an understatement.
Barely 100 pages lengthy, this was the guide I wanted presently.
I’ve been serious about what to write down constantly, now that I’ve completed the Degree Up collection. This guide helps me create a system for my overarching technique in direction of writing.
Whereas I’m nonetheless making a “system” for publishing often, right here’s what I took away from the guide.
A few highlights which I favored
On sharing your course of
An excerpt from the guide —
We’re not all artists or astronauts. Numerous us go about our work and really feel like we now have nothing to indicate for it on the finish of the day. However regardless of the nature of your work, there’s an artwork to what you do, and there are individuals who can be enthusiastic about that artwork, if solely you offered it to them in the suitable manner. In actual fact, sharing your course of may truly be most precious if the merchandise of your work aren’t simply shared, should you’re nonetheless within the apprentice stage of your work, should you can’t simply slap up a portfolio and name it a day, or in case your course of doesn’t essentially result in tangible completed merchandise.
I’ve been writing fiction constantly for greater than 6 years at this level. However I’ve all the time struggled to construct an viewers. The rationale – I completely detest “advertising and marketing” what I write. Positive, I can go and publish a hyperlink on social media, however it isn’t a pure power of mine to go to a thousand individuals and speak to them about my guide. It seems like I’m boasting about my guide.
The paragraph above modifications that for me. It mainly says that there’s all the time one thing you possibly can share about what occurs behind the scenes, and this info will make it easier to discover your viewers.
As I contemplated about what I might share with others, I spotted that there’s truly fairly a bit. For eg: having revealed 2 books and a number of other brief tales, I can share my journey of publishing, what I’ve realized within the course of and the way these learnings may benefit others.
Earlier this yr, I had written an extended publish about all of my on-line “experiments”. I believe that’s the proper method to sharing content material. Count on much more of those.
Additionally, as I write extra brief tales, just like the Degree Up collection, I understand that writing “Behind the Scenes” is definitely vital. The rationale —
No, phrases don’t converse for themselves
Artists like to trot out the drained line, “My work speaks for itself,” however the fact is, our work doesn’t converse for itself. Human beings wish to know the place issues got here from, how they had been made, and who made them. The tales you inform concerning the work you do have an enormous impact on how individuals really feel and what they perceive about your work, and the way individuals really feel and what they perceive about your work impacts how they worth it.
This was an enormous realization. In the event you assume extra about it, any particular second you keep in mind is particular as a result of there’s a narrative related to it. For instance, you wished one thing desperately, you achieved it. How you probably did it makes up the story. And that is the rationale why you do not forget that photograph you took, or that cake you baked, or the joke you considered!
By telling the tales behind my tales, I hope to share my course of, and in flip, collect like-minded of us.
Make stuff you’re keen on and discuss stuff you’re keen on and also you’ll entice individuals who love that type of stuff. It’s that straightforward.
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