One fault every artist must avoid

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Ok this post is for all you artists out there: writers, painters, filmmakers, etc.

This is one thing you mustn’t ever do: expect success.

Success is elusive, and even if your product is flawless and holds substance it’s by no means guaranteed that you’ll strike it rich. Keep your expectations modest when placing your products on the market.

Learn from others in your field. Preferabley those who have achieved success and are happy to offer advice. This might help you bypass costly mistakes.

But with every endeavor hope and patience are the strongest tools in your arsenal. And make sure you’ve got plenty of both when taking that first big step.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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A message to struggling Artists

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If you’ve struggled as an artist or in any other occupation this blog post is for you. Ok so you’re not doing so well in your desired profession, or maybe it’s a hobby that is not panning out into a full-blown gig; at least not yet. I have some advice for you, since I’ve been there before.

Take a break.

Find other interests, join a club, meet new people, it’s cliche but “live your life to the fullest.” Why? Because life is way too short to be putting your eggs in one basket. I know all you would be artists out there are wondering where I’m going with this but the truth is art should only be worked on when you’re in a positive frame of mind. It should be fun, expressive, and when you are at your best.

If you need help, there are plenty of support groups out there. Just google them and I’m sure you will find something.

Now do yourself a favor, and take it easy.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

 

 

 

Why is success selective?

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For those of us who don’t have it easy (and really, who does?) let me say that you’re in excellent company. Many of us have wondered why success is hard to attain. What’s the secret? That’s what most people ask. They spend their time buying self-help books and attending seminars. But really, you want to know the easiest way to attain success?

Take the long route.

Short-cuts don’t get you there faster. Why not make a few mistakes along the way and learn from them. That’s what I did. Mistakes are good, so long as you gauge them and gain experience from them. They’re nothing to be ashamed of.

Find people in your field and become friends with them. Not because you’re after something to further your career, but because you want to have people around you you can trust and build a genuine relationship with and learn from. These days everyone networks, and that’s fine, but you don’t have to meet a million folks, you’d be amazed at how a handful of qualified people works wonders.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and learn your way to success.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

 

How to deal with critics

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Listen, if you’re reading this you’re either an artist or someone else that’s had to deal with criticism, it’s inevitable, we all have to brace for them. But how do you prevent someone’s opinion from ruining your creative groove?

Easy. Just don’t.

Opinions are like farts: some stink, and some don’t. The goal is to decipher negative criticism, from constructive criticism.

Are all critics mean, nasty people? Some are. But some are also pretty alert folks who give the artist clues how to improve their craft and/or story.

I’ve developed such a thick skin that very rarely does a bad review or nasty criticism affect my creativity. And if I see someone is going out of their way to trash my work to boost their own ego, I take steps to prevent it.

Like using the block button.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

How I changed my day for the better, read on…

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Today was going great. In the morning I had a great chat with an old friend I hadn’t seen in ages, and then with wind in my sails, I went off to work. Then, while I was working,disaster struck, and my equipment failed. Did I lose my cool? No. Experience has taught me not to do so. But I was frustrated, too frustrated. Maybe that’s a fault I need to work on, but this was the 6th equipment failure I encountered in the last 5 months, so perhaps I was entitled to a little frustration. But I did one thing I always do when I get flustered, I took a break and headed rather than sit there and simmer. Did I give up too soon? Maybe. My co-workers thought so. But I’d like to think that when I get angry it’s best to just walk away from something,instead of risking making a mistake while in the heat of a bad moment.

What I’m saying is, there’s no shame in being angry. But if you must get angry, make sure you don’t make a rash decision. Cut your losses, and move on. Tomorrow I’ll have extra work to do, but I’m ready for it.

And how did I turn my anger into something positive? I came home and wrote this blog post, which I hope will help whoever reads it.

Thanks for your time,

T.A. Uner

How worrying only hurts the worrier

Worry. Like doubt its an ugly five letter word that personfies negativity.

Why do people worry? Well, usually for those they love, people they think about. But even though their heart is in the right place its a self-defeating way to live.

Why? Glad you asked. I can answer that.

Worry is simply energy channeled into something negative. Now, why would you want to put yourself through that torture? Would you stick needles into your arms? No. Of course not. Why? Because it would not be prudent and it would hurt you. Worry is the same thing. Its fear manifested from our mind.

You can turn that around and make it work for you in a better way.

How? Keep reading amigo.

Do yourself a favor. Turn that worry into something positive. Something constructive. Go walk your dog. Take out the trash. Volunteer your time to help others. Turn any fear you may have into positive energy. Trust me it will come back in spades and make you feel great inside and out. Your life will change and you will begin ascending to another level.

Do I worry if my book will sell? Nope. Because I’m already happy knowing that I got published. Of course I’d like to make some money but I dont let worry take up residence in my mind. Besides, I’m too busy writing these articles for you guys. Because I LOVE doing it. Thats my payment. That’s the best payment there is. So why should I worry? That would affect the quality of my work.

Its habit really. Once you get on a roll with keeping yourself busy doing positive things and thinking fun thoughts, worrying will be a thing of the past.

So do yourself a favor. Kick worry in the ass.

You’ll be glad you did.

Your friend, and Blogging buddy,

T.A. Uner