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8 tips for creators from Neil Gaiman [video]

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Celebrated author Neil Gaiman seems to have struck a chord with his commencement speech this year to graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with eight amazing pieces of advice to those who have chosen the rocky road of the arts to follow.

1. Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative. (Hugh MacLeod put it beautifully: “The most important thing a creative per¬son can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.”)

2. Approach your creative labor with joy, or else it becomes work. (As Ray Bradbury said, “Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it.”)

Full story at Brain Pickings.

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