The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual writing. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps to getting your book done. Books don’t just write themselves, after all. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work.
For centuries, historians believed the great Renaissance master was just another Starving Artist, struggling to make ends meet. Michelangelo himself embraced this image, living frugally and often complaining about money. He once wrote in a poem that his art had left him “poor, old and working as a servant of others.”
But it turns out he wasn’t telling the truth.
How do we live a life and pursue a creative career where we don’t end up with a long list of regrets having succeeded at the wrong thing? There is no one I know that can answer this question better than Eric Partaker.
On The Portfolio Life this week, I’m talking to Elida Field, a professional artist whose work has been featured in the White House and on magazine covers. She’s currently working on her first book, Nobody Dies in Art Class. To learn more about her work, check out www.elidaart.com.
The act of finding the deeper part of you that never fades may be the most important task of your life. It is certainly the best place from which to create.
Last week, I taught a live workshop on what I’m calling “The Paid Creator Path,” which is a new teaching I’m rolling out about the ten steps it takes to make a living doing creative work. I’m still word-smithing these, so I’d love your feedback, but those attended the live workshop said these concepts were […]
I believe we make things because that’s what we were made to do. Not even to make things, but to be making things. We are the little creators of our lives and the world as we know it.
So far, we’ve identified why we create, the importance of making money off our art, how to know what to sell, and to whom, and so now… it’s time to sell.
Today, I want to talk about product. Before you figure out what you want to sell, you need to first figure out what people are willing to pay for.
Before we get into the super practical work of actually accepting money from other people, we need to get clear on what we have to offer.
Today, I want to share with you two things. First is the three kinds of creators, and the second is the path to building an organization around your work.
We don’t make art to make money. We make money to make more art.