The creative process #3 : Practice and improve

Creative life #3

While I’m writing this, I am sitting on my friend’s bed after finishing reading a book. I’m a whole town away from home and I have no homework or day job here.
I only have a friend and books.

I like it here.

 

So for the first time in two weeks I feel inspired to write a blog post on the topic of being creative again.
So to continue on with the creative life series let me share with you how important it is to practice and improve.

 

The creative process step 3: practice and improve.

We started off by gathering inspiration, then we copied a bunch of other artists but right now we need to practice and improve our art.

Start with taking a look at something you created recently. It could be anything from a poem to a dance routine. Examine it and notice if there is anywhere you can improve. Think according to all the little rules you’ve picked up from other artists and compare yours to “the standard”
The standard by the way it how good other artists are.
Look at how your art differs from theirs and ask if you want to keep it like that or change it.

(disclaimer: I’m not saying you need to completely copy someone else and lose your individuality. I’m just telling you to honestly try and improve your work.)

 

Now that you know what you want to change – change it. If you can, keep both the old and the new version.
I personally like to keep everything I write so when I make changes I create a whole new file on my computer. I hardly ever delete until I’m sure I have the version I want.

 

Step 2: get feedback.

Another important part of improving your art is to get feedback from someone who knows something about your art.
This means you can’t just ask your mum and ask her what she thinks. (sorry mum)
Get it to someone who knows what they’re doing. Preferably get it to someone whose art you admire or someone who you know is better at you in your art.

Ask them questions. Ask them about the things you feel needs to be changed if they agree then you make the change if they don’t agree the choice is up to you. If they dislike something you like honestly think about what they don’t like and ask yourself if they are correct. No being personal at this stage. You need to ask yourself if your art will be better or worse without the thing they dislike and make the change yourself.

 

Now this is a process you repeat constantly.
You create. You get feedback. You improve. You create again but better.

 

I hope this was helpful to you. I hope to bring the last part which is all about creating original content out soon enough.

Lost myself at a Mumford and Sons consert

Weep for yourself, my man,
You’ll never be what is in your heart
Weep, little lion man,
You’re not as brave as you were at the start
Those are the first few words of Mumford and Son’s little lion man. Sunday I had the honour to witness 25 000 people sing those exact words along with the great artists who wrote it.
The concert tickets where my Christmas presents (Thank you parents and grandparents)
Of course my cousin and friend got their own tickets and came with so the group looked as follows.
Me, my sister, my friend, my cousin.

We got to watch the stadium fill. We got to cheer for the opening acts. We got to use those little cubical toilets. It was fun.
Before the main act started we had great fun, the highlights of which were eating a foot long hotdog, getting one of those small red bank cards and using it, running up to random people to question them about the ice cream they were eating and once to prove that a guy had an epic shirt on (it was a thundercats shirt) and mostly we just people watched. There where the biebers, two guys who has made some unfortunate style choices, there was the cowboys and girls, there was the stripe guy, he had vertical stripes running up and down his clothes, there was ultimate hipsters, batman and some guy with Chewbacca on his back.
All in all a great crowd. The thing was with this many people we got to play a little mind game with ourselves and remember that this crowd who is just faces to us are in fact made up of individual people who have lives of their own. Lives we don’t know the first things about. Bonus we are just faces to them, faces they probably passed without a second glance and that they’ll forget the minute they exit that stadium.

This for some reason has really messed up my perspective on life. If someone in the crowd is being rude I remember that I don’t know this person and that they probably aren’t like that always and that if they are there is a mother with some problems on her hands.
You remember that you can’t be mad because those other people was mad at you for the same reason and you don’t want to be a hypocrite and it’s just so confusing because suddenly you feel like everyone is important while at the same time you are just a face in the crowd.
I can’t explain it further then that so if you don’t get the gist of it, sorry.

So when the time came that that Mumford and Sons came on we got ourselves a great spot and introduced ourselves to the people around us. The music came on and people screamed and then I got to sing with a great band and 25 000 other people. I got to watch a crowd of this size dance and I got to head bang to the sound of a ukulele. How much cooler then that could it get?
We took some photos and videos of the crowd and while we don’t have one that shows all the people I hope that I’ve repeated the number 25 000 so many times get’s the image across.

 

The video does shifts and tilts around a little, but it’s to show how many people there was.

 

music to my hart.

Three songs I love:

Black eyed peas – I got a feeling.

The Script- Superheroes.

Sia – Chandelier.

 

I’m not sure why I love these three songs but I do. Perhaps they inspire me or maybe I simply grew attached to them for a different reasons.

They make me feel happy, strong, and free. The amazing thing about music to me is it is another way to tell a story, it is another way to convoy emotion.

So here is a writing cheat that doesn’t always work but that can come in handy: If you are struggling with putting emotion in a scene go listen to a song that has the same emotion you’re trying to convoy.