Putting it Together is my Monday “artist talking about art stuff blog”. The title comes from “Sunday in the Park with George,” the best (and possibly only) musical that is entirely dedicated to an artist talking about his art. Is that pretentious enough?
The secret to becoming better at anything, they tell you, is practice. I don’t know who “they” are but “they” have a point.
If you want to be a better writer, you need to write every day. It feels a little bit like the theory of a million monkeys at a million typewriters except you are one monkey (more like an ape) with one typewriter (laptop computer) and if you type enough, brilliance will accidentally spill all over the page.
Hopefully it won’t be Shakespeare, though. That’s just plagiarism.
One of the things I do every morning is try to write a joke on Twitter. I’m not concerned about favorites or retweets, although they are nice, I’m more concerned about exercising the joke writing muscle every morning. I want to stretch it out and make sure it still works. Some days that joke muscle is nice and loose. Other days it is tight and stubborn.
The trick to writing all the time is to not care if anybody is actually reading what you are writing. Because most people aren’t. Checking the number of hits on your web page or likes on Facebook won’t tell you if you wrote something worth reading. It only tells you if you wrote something people noticed or cared about.
I’ve haven’t been feeling The Movie Dick column for the last six weeks or so, which is a bad thing. If there is one important lesson about writing, it’s that you just need to write.
So this weekend I just sat down and wrote an article about Sinister. Reading it again this morning, it’s not that bad. You can read it yourself if you like!
There’s also some other new content over at Vilification Tennis written by my comedy compadres. Read and enjoy!