The best artistic advice, according to Rainer Maria Rilke, is to ignore artistic advice.
In Letters to a Young Poet, he writes, “You ask whether your verses are good…. You compare them with other poems, and you are disturbed when certain editors reject your efforts. Now (since you have allowed me to advise you) I beg you to give up all that. You are looking outward, and that above all you should not do now. Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself.”
I am trying to have a rough copy of the first half of my novel by April 29th!
Wowzers. Just in time to relax by watching the Royal wedding with old friends. Is anyone else a loyal royal watcher? I always thought I must be pretty dorky, but I’ve since met others who enjoy my sort of Prince William stalking from afar. I always believed he’d find me in Canada and be swept off his feet by my beauty and charms, haha. Alas, Kate Middleton got to him first. And who am I to break up a lovely couple?
In advance of my April 29th deadline, I’ll be posting my “Writer’s Wall” this weekend. What is a Writer’s Wall, you ask?
You’ll see. Stay tuned.