How do you come up with this stuff? -Herb Thiel.
Well, Herb, you asked a stupid question, so you’re about to get a stupid answer. Buckle up.
Back in the late 60s there was a hippy artist named Bruce Nauman who got really big in the whole modern art scene. He graduated from some shmancy art school and got a studio. Then he went to his studio to make art.
But he didn’t know what to make. So he sat around in his studio thinking about what he should make. As he sat and thought a strange idea popped into his head. “If I was an artist and I was in a studio,” he said, “then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art.” So Nauman made videos of himself sitting around thinking about what to make.
The idea that everything you do in your studio is art is one of the dumbest ideas in existence. Sometimes you can skate by in a normal day job just by showing up, but don’t try to convince yourself that everything you do there is work. Just because you have a kitchen doesn’t mean that food is constantly being cooked in it. You don’t have a fire just because you have a fireplace.
There’s an old theory that if you gave a monkey a keyboard it would eventually write Shakespeare, just by randomly banging the keys. This is probably true. In fact, you could make the argument that Shakespeare himself was just a monkey on a keyboard who happened to bang some pretty good keys.
You can’t paint just by looking at a paint brush. You’re not reading a book every time you sit beside a book shelf. You can’t write just by sitting next to your computer, you’ve got to bang on your keyboard a little bit.
So there you have it. Dumbestblogger’s one step tutorial to becoming a successful writer. Hit those keys until you have something that you’re not totally embarrassed to share with the rest of the world.
Gee, I’m gonna have to add a few more steps if I’m ever gonna get rich off of my writing tutorials.
Truth be told, I think Herb already knew how I come up with this stuff, as he posted a pretty cool story yesterday that outlines exactly how to do it.
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