The Greatest Creative Advice for Artists. EVER.

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Being a fairly upbeat sort of person who shouts from the rooftops about how fucking phenomenal it is to be a beginner, I also tend to be the sort of person who gets herself into some shit.

And let me just tell you: I’m in it now, kids.

So deep am I in it, in fact, that I am writing this blog post from an undisclosed location and may or may not be wearing 3 day old (wait – what’s today?) sweatpants.

As of NOW it’s full on, full throttle, full frontal (well, except for the sweatpants).

I am neck-deep in the wild tidal throws of finishing my first book of poetry: Vein.

We’re so close now I can practically taste the textured pages brushing against my eager skin. (Ya damn right it’s a sexual relationship. If you think I’m not going to make mad passionate love to this book you have gravely underestimated the degree to which I have lost my filthy mind over this project).

Vein is deeply important to me for (so very) many reasons and I’m giving her everything I have: time, attention, love, commitment, verve, devotion, muscle.

In the process, I’m learning rich and cool things about what it takes to see a massive creative project through to its completion.  I’m stretching my capabilities and coming face to face with my limitations.

I’m learning to give and take (and push and pull) and ask for help where I need it (sounds easy; it is not easy).

I’m learning the deep need we all have for what Adam Phillips called “fertile solitude” and how hard it is to come by.  Solitude is not something we generally allow ourselves because it can be scary to pull away.

In these obsessively social times we can get VERY TRIPPED OUT over the fear of pulling away even if we know it’s what we need (and deserve).

The fear of missing out is painfully real, troops.

And though FOMO may be a kick ass marketing strategy (Hurry! Your dream car / date / strappy sandals / steak knives are going, going, gone!), it sucks as a life strategy.

No artist can create something beautiful, robust, or meaningful without escape into the lush wilderness of that elusive, delicious place called solitude.

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Writing this book is a personal journey and one that is changing me in more ways than I saw coming at the outset. (Surprise, right?  Ah, we beginners are such divine, naive, beautiful creatures.)

So this week, I’m turning the tables on the blog.  (Ohhhhh fuck yes, ninja babes.)

You see, we’ve been close for a while now and the thing is . . . I want something you have.

And I’m asking you – while I hide behind the scenes in my secret underground bunker of solitude – to write it on the walls of Glory Begin.  Doesn’t have to be fancy, just has to be real.

Something I can feed on when I come up for air (and money and supplies and KIND bars and flashlights and coffee and more coffee).

I want your answer(s) to this question:

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Tell me about the stuff you cling to that keeps you engaged with your creative soul work. Tell me why you do it even when it’s hard.

Tell me what you heard or saw or were told that made you look at your creative work in a whole new way. Tell me what made you better, smoother, happier, more confident.

Tell me the concept, phrase or juicy nugget of wisdom you have kept close to your heart all your creative life (or something brand new you just learned yesterday . . . hey, whatever, just tell me something good OR for the love of all the holy things put the coffee on, yes?)

Of course, I would NEVER ask you to give me something I don’t first give to you.  So when you sign up to my mailing list at the top of this page, you will automatically receive my totally sexy, totally punchy, totally top-secret stealth list of 23 Ways to Unlock Your Inner Creative Badass.

You want this list, critters.  This list has been described as “pure gold” and it is guaranteed to kick your wicked confidence into overdrive. (CONTENT WARNING: Adult Language) It’s all the BEST creative advice I have ever given and I have only given it because I LIVE IT.

And it works. (Go grab it! I’ll be here when you get back, I promise.)

Now: your turn.  Jump into the comments and tell me about the greatest piece of creative advice you have ever received or given. I (and my ragged sweatpants) sincerely wish to hear about it.

The greatest creative advice is the advice you actually put to good use. [Click to Tweet]

So lay it on me, love.

I’m all ears. (Because apparently that’s what happens when you’re up to your neck in a damn thing, you feel me.)

I love that you are here with me and I cherish your input, always, always.

With all my deepest love and gratitude,

Allison Marie x


22 thoughts on “The Greatest Creative Advice for Artists. EVER.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello hello beautiful you, thank you so much! ;) And I can’t wait to get it to you, angel friend. Thank you for your love and support – it truly means more than I could ever say.

      So much love. XX

  1. Esther May

    How to choose! I feel that I have needed very different sorts of advice in different stages of my work, but one that always sticks with me is this quote from E.B. White: “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” It’s so simple, but it still always seems to ground me and remind me of what is truly important—that I actually sit down and write, write no matter how ineloquent I may be, no matter how inadequate the words are, no matter how much I fear the result—because as long as I keep making that act of faith every single day, I am writing exactly what I need to be writing.
    Love this post, and can’t wait to read all of your badass creative tips!

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Oh beautiful ESTHER!!

      THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. Bless you, bless you deep. I have a mad crush on the quote you shared, and most of all on how you describe it in your own words. I adore everything you say and it resonates so deep I can physically feel it in my bones. Faithful, warriors, we. Shoulder to shoulder. ;)

      I am so thrilled you took the time and care to share with me. Thank you endless. Writing is that delicious solitary beast, but we also need to know we are not totally alone when we come up for air. Big Hugs!

      I can’t wait for you to read the 23 badass tips! Please enjoy and know that your presence here has been a gift to me more than you know. (If you want to let me know your favorite one, I’d love to know!)

      Stay fierce, angel. Much love. <3

      1. Esther May

        Oops, I replied a bit ago but apparently it didn’t post!
        I am so glad that quote was able to help you some. :) As for your 23 badass creative tips, they are all AMAZING so it was rediculously hard to choose a favorite—but I think I have settled on #15, “Whatever you are denying—that’s the stuff.” To be honest I have NO IDEA what I’m denying, but I’ve felt for awhile like there is something major I’m missing and this quote kind of validated that feeling for me and forced me to look deeper at where I’m drawing from and where I’m NOT drawing from. It’s definitely still in process, but I’m hoping I’ll stumble across my eureka moment soon. In the meantime—soldier on! :)
        Thanks you so much for all the tip is, they were all brilliant and inspiring. Hugs and love and I hope you enjoy your blogging break immensely! <3

        1. Allison Marie Post author

          WOW – we are so kindred! I love #15 – and as I was reading your comment, I had this immediate thought: sometimes we deny the GOOD stuff. The BEST stuff. Meaning, we often think we deny what we don’t like about ourselves, etc. Negative stuff we don’t want to look at. But we also tend to do something worse which is deny our brilliance, our genius, our prowess, our . . . well, BADASS. We deny or supress our major kickass power. Not sure if this may resonate, but I felt it when I read your words so I thought I’d share. ;)

          I’m thrilled to bits and pieces that these tips serve you well! Thank you so much for taking the time and care to come back and share with me – it means more than I can say.

          Monster size hugs, beautiful Esther May, and big, big love your way, babe! XXOO

  2. Brad

    No advice or inspiration from me. I’ve been on sabbatical from the blogging community for most of May. Kudos on your dedication and passion for your book of poetry. I’m sure it will be full of passion and life. Write on! :)

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Haha, no worries, love. I’m just happy to see your smiling face! ;)

      Thank you so much, your well wishes are dear to me. Stay gorgeous – A :)

  3. Carl D'Agostino

    “…without escape into the lush wilderness of that elusive, delicious place called solitude.”

    As a child I could pop into my imaginary world that no adults could control or even have a presence at all. I am not sure I’d call it solitude as it was filled with all kinds of delightful creatures and places, a real comfort and adventure that belonged to me only. So it wasn’t solitude in the sense of just being alone in my own thoughts. It was a whole word into which to relish. At 66 now I still return to it now and then. My long ago gone teddy bear and bunny rabbit are there to greet me.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Oh yes, Carl! We need a different word for solitude… for that rich, textured other world you so perfectly describe. No adult supervision. ;) The creatures, the comfort and the adventure. Little wild rulers, we.

      I LOVE that you still return to that place. I love that your little animals are there to greet you. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I just remembered the stuffed bear I used to drag around with me as a kid. Fireflies in jars also come to mind. Bless you. I am so grateful you joined in.

  4. Ashley

    You can’t run out of creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
    Be honest.
    The meaning of life is to share your gifts with others.
    In your own way you can add something beautiful to the world.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Ashley ;)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share these beautiful nuggets of creative truth. I love them. It’s cool you mention that we cannot “run out of” creativity, I honestly used to fear that a long time ago. I used to “save stuff up” in case! What a waste, right. Better to let it flow. And HONESTY. So much yes.

      Stay amazing! x

  5. David

    Dear Allison, I do not feel entitled to give advice regarding inspiration for writing as I seldom write something. I only write when I feel the urge to, which is mostly when I’m touched by my own idea. I am inspired by the life itself. Being a keen observer is a good practice. I like watching people, listening to them, trying to understand. Sitting at the table without being backed up by experience or knowledge would be unhelpful for me. Ideas also come from fertile solitude, often when I’m walking in nature. Though I rarely put these down. I’m afraid I can’t word them right, I prefer to express myself through images.
    This might be interesting for you:

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Dear David, My friend, my friend – I ADORE this video! You always have the best shares and I am SO GRATEFUL to you for them. I hope everyone who reads this comments section watches this video. It really is cool how visuals help me think in creative ways and it also helps my writing. There is a definite connection because when I write a poem I basically write what it “looks like” inside my mind. So fascinating.

      And I love all of what you say about being OBSERVANT – that really is so important. To take things in and listen, listen, listen.

      Thank you for sharing and for being here – means the world to me. Sending you much love, light and blessings, Allison :)

      1. David

        Dear Allison,
        I keep coming here because of your loving kindness. That’s your most precious gift.

        1. Allison Marie Post author

          This means the world to me, David. Thank you so much for being here and bringing so much of yourself, always. Blessings and love, my shining friend. Namaste.

  6. Dave

    The concept that has stuck with me for a long time is “shitty first drafts”. Sometimes I won’t start something because I want to plan everything and make it perfect the first time around. This kills creativity. Give yourself permission to do it shitty and then have the courage to look at your shitty first draft and make it better.

    Can’t wait for your book!

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Dave G!

      Love the shitty first draft – MAJORLY useful way to think about just diving right in. You are so right, the perfectionist thing will KILL your art and your creative flow.

      Great insight, guy, and thank you so much for taking the time. Always appreciate hearing from you!

      Thanks so much – I can’t wait to get it into your hands. Really, truly. ;)


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