Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the guy with the glasses or something like that...

Do you like it? I call it "I Wish I Was Beautiful"

I made it a while back. Every once in a while when the writing doesn't happen, I create stuff in my artsy program. This is my favorite one, and I think it's because it is the most personal to me. On the surface, yes... I wish I was beautiful. But it's more than that. This butterfly is beautiful in his (yeah, it's a him) own way, but he's so wrapped up in being like the others, he fails to see his own worth.

Don't we do that as writers? We see other people's writing and think, 'whoa, I suck compared to that.' Come on. Don't lie. You know you do it.

Well, I'm here to say: KNOCK IT OFF.

We're all gifted. No, that's not the 'everyone is special in their own way' falsity that parents tell their kids when they suck at sports. I mean that we, as writers, are gifted. We're also nuts, but I digress. We write, and that alone sets us apart from those who don't. We each have a different level of skill, but also a different level of imagination. The only thing that will EVER limit us is ourselves. Write that masterpiece. It's in you. All you have to do is type a lot, edit a bunch, fill in the plot holes, rewrite a scene or two, add a character, change the ending, and kill those adverbs and TADA!!! Success. Now get back to work and stop your bitching. You're beautiful.

And don't forget my contest! Deadline is July 4th (this year, for you procrastinators out there who need clarification).


Hannah said...

you are so right and thank you for telling me to knock it off.


JE said...

I'll try to knock it off. It will be tough. ;-)


Terry Towery said...

You sure those are all butterflies? I mean, that middle one looks like a moth. I *hate* moths.

Seriously. OK. Actually, I'm afraid of moths. The hairy little bastards fly right at your face when you're sitting out on the deck minding your own business, smoking a cigar ...

But I Digress. Really pretty artwork. Really. Except for that fucking moth in the middle.

Lenny Lee said...

that butterfly is real neat. wow youre a drawer and a writer too. i like what you said cause its real true.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Beautiful, Christi! I love it. And "knock it off" is the best advice I've heard all day. :-)

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the image - beautiful! :)

And now I'm hurrying back to my writing (I'm just a little scared not to!)

Aubrie said...

Love your artwork! You could make your own book covers! Have you tried it?

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Doo doo doo doo. I posted a blog today about wanting to change the title of my blog, having a naming contest or whatever. Maybe it's fine just the way it is. Or maybe I should change it. A rose is a rose is a rose...

Thanks for reminding me. I tried to find your contest rules but I'm missing it for some reason. Can you point me in the right direction? Also, just in case I'm right and it needs to be changed, would you go by my blog and let me know what you think? I'm eyeing a contest myself.

Thanks a beautiful butterfly, Olivia

Unknown said...

Oh, we writers and our fragile egos. Thanks for the reminder ;)

Anne Gallagher said...

Great advice as usual. Yay I can comment again! Nice artwork, didn't know you could draw too. Multi-talented.

Christi Goddard said...

Terry, the moth fear says so much about you. I'm sorry your masculinity takes a huge hit with that admission, though.

Anne - yay, commenter works again!

I am full of all kinds of advice. Some good, some bad, but I'm a fountain of opinions.

As far as the art work, I made it in an artsy program, not actually sketched it. Geez, I wish. It's a manipulation of a picture I took.

Alleged Author said...

Nope. I still wish I was you. :)

Wild Rose said...

Nice post thanks for the advice :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Wow - great job..I love that pic!

And yes, this is exactly what I needed to hear as well :)

Anonymous said...

crap! i thought you meant 2011!

Unspoken said...

The we are all nuts part I agree with :)! yeah, I read others and know I have a ways to go, a long ways. But not everyone who is published has talent. There is a strange comfort in that for me :)! Still, a nice write from you!

Anonymous said...

oh yeah! i just thought you might want to see my butterfly "art"
have a good one!

Kellylou said...

Love this post. Specifically the KNOCK IT OFF part. I need to remember to tell myself that more often. :)

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