008: Not for show
Vs work for show
#practice #journaling #socialmedia
Social media is a great way for artist to connect directly to an audience, to ‘show your work’. This creates a pressure to make work for show. That’s a mistake I fell into early on when I was trying to ‘show my work’
Sometimes a way to trick yourself to doing your best work is to make work that’s not for show. This removes the inhibitions you might have. You get to stop wondering what THEY might think, and focus on what YOU think. You might decide to show it later, or you might decide to use it as the basis for something you will show.
Most ideas are bad.
But you’ll be able to create one heck of an impression if you only show your good ones.
You DON’T have to say every thought that pops into your head. Good speeches are made by only saying the best ones.
Close the Gap:
Have a place to create work that’s ‘not for show’. sure you can always share anything good that might cone out from it. But you don’t have to share your bad ideas. This place could be:
A space for Morning pages
a Bullet Journal
A notepad or notes app
Blank sheets of paper
How do you currently make work that’s not for show?
Great post! I create art for myself, not for others, but in terms of my writing I have lots of notebook dungeons of locked-away words that will never be seeing the light of day! They have such value for reference purposes that they've got their own place in my archive alongside the better stuff....
Making bad art and shitty first drafts. That’s how I roll.