“[L]ove what you do. If you don’t love it and find it all rather lonely because it is, find something else. Most of all, use what is already there. You cannot reinvent the conditions you are in, but these conditions are your fuel – anger, frustration, despair, revenge, love, silliness, need. and writing is your way to clarity, to understanding what is important. That is its power.
“Once I decided to just embrace the good doubt as part of my creativity, it made it a lot easier to spot when the good doubt started to turn to bad doubt. I was able to use (and celebrate!) the good doubt—because that’s where the genius happened!—and stop the bad doubt in its tracks when it tried to rear its ugly head. It let me question and improve my plot, my ideas, the way I phrased things. without doubting myself.”
“When I’m working, I’m simply working, setting up problems visually that need resolution. In the process, I’m looking for resolution to conundrums in my life, questions in my life, as well as visually looking for problems that I can fix.”
– the late Montana artist Rick Barstow, profiled in The Missoulian, 11/15/19