Sunday, September 8, 2013

What's on my bookshelf . . .

"I wrote at least a thousand words a day every day from the age of twelve on." --Ray Bradbury

If Ray Bradbury could write 1,000 words a day, then we can take at least one photo a day, can't we? It's never been so easy . . . we have DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras, cellphone cameras, cameras in our iPads . . .

The best way to improve your photography is to take at least one decent photo a day. And post it somewhere where people can see it. Posting keeps your motivation going. And, even if you last just 30 days, it's fun (and instructive) to look over that small body of work. It may motivate you even more, who knows?

The best way to get better at something is to do something . . . every freakin' day!

©Carol Leigh

P.S. This Zen in the Art of Writing by Bradbury is a terrific book. It's not something I sit down and read cover to cover, rather something I read a little bit, put the book down, a few days later read some more, etc. And so much of what he says about writing applies to art in general, such as, "...if you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer." What if we were to substitute some words, saying, "...if you are creating without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half an artist?" That Bradbury guy might just be on to something . . .

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