“I actually didn’t study photography… After studying an NFA in writing, I was offered a free class – so I chose photography. It just really struck me that it was my passion. Academia didn’t feel right for me.”
Rely on a writing coach (me), or an inspirational writer. Draw inspiration from figures in your life that you have copied and found happiness/success in. Accept that you learned it from them – and try to keep learning from them.
Stephen Barbara’s office is nothing to be afraid of. It’s a small, cosy space in Midtown Manhattan with a bookshelf in the corner and inspirational messages on the walls (“There is nothing new in art except talent” and “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge”). Barbara himself is a welcoming person. Though he does claim to be “very argumentative”, that side of his personality doesn’t manifest itself during our hour-long chat. He’s polite, voluble, and answers questions with the patience and precision of someone who loves the topic at hand. Yet most strangers who attempt to contact Barbara will agonise over their emails for weeks. They will ask their friends to proof-read their messages. They will hold their breath as they hit send. They will spend the next hours, days or weeks anxiously refreshing their email inbox. In other words, they will manage their communications with a level of anguish that seems irreconcilable with the perfectly pleasant person sitting in front of me. Stephen Barbara, you see, is a New York literary agent.
Writers rarely produce quality writing on the first – or even second – draft. So hold on in there, there’s hope for you! Enjoy 10 pointers for tightening your writing.
On a particularly dark and quiet night, after the buzz of satellites has passed, the depths of the sky has no difficulty re purposing your focus into a telescope of […]
Moving on and thriving as a person includes thriving from even the negative moments. Shed some light on your negative experiences and maybe you can find out something about yourself. The art of thriving from Negativity and remaining Strong.