Today I want to tell you about Jeff Goins’ new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve.
It’s not available in stores yet, but many people have already pre-ordered the book.
And because they acted quickly, they have gotten access to the amazing bonuses that Jeff is offering to everyone who gets the book before the June 6 release date.
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Today I wanted to share with you a couple of the lessons from the book.
One of them is:
The Starving Artist waits to be noticed. The Thriving Artist cultivates patrons.
This lesson revolves around what Jeff calls the “Rule of the Patron”…which is that before you can build a huge following, you have to learn to please a single reader, follower or patron.
Another awesome lesson is this one:
The Starving Artist works alone. The Thriving Artist Collaborates with others.
In this portion of the book Jeff shares the story of the Inklings – the famous group of writers that included literary legends C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, among others.
Creativity never happens in isolation. It’s almost always a collaborative creation.
No one better illustrates this than the friendship of two of my favorite authors: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
“There was a group of them,” Diana Glyer told me, “nineteen men, and they got together once or twice a week for about seventeen years. And in those meetings, there was a special kind of magic that happened.”
Glyer teaches English at Azusa Pacific University and has dedicated much of her career to the study of the Inklings, the literary group that included J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their friends. Professor Glyer told me how they met for decades once a week over tea and pipe smoke.
“They read their works in progress to one another,” she said, “and they stayed up late into the night giving each other critiques… And it is in this forge of friendship and engagement that some of the great works that we love were created.”
But for a long time, many people had no idea the Inklings were influencing each other’s work in such profound ways. Among the many examples Professor Glyer cited of how these men influenced each other’s work, one in particular stood out.
After the unexpected success of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s publisher asked him to write another novel. As he began writing what was then called The New Hobbit, he got stuck only a few chapters in.
One day he asked his friend C.S. Lewis to lunch and admitted to feeling bored with the project. “I don’t know what to do,” Tolkien said. “I think I’m done.”
“The problem,” Lewis replied, “is that hobbits are only interesting when they’re in unhobbit-like situations.”
That was all he needed to say.
“So,” Glyer explained, “because of one lunch with a buddy, the story where Tolkien was basically done and directionless, one comment opens up the vista and gives us what we now know as this wonderful, rich epic story, The Lord of the Rings. I think that’s pretty strong evidence of influence.”
With one little comment, C.S. Lewis changed the direction of what would become his friend’s greatest work. As Lewis himself once wrote, “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”
These are just a few of the amazing lessons Jeff shares in his book to help YOU succeed in your creative pursuits.
Oh yeah, plus the awesome bonuses you’ll get if you pre-order…
Bonus #1: The Real Artists Don’t Starve Online Course ($100)
In this 12-part video course, Jeff teaches how to make a living off your art, elaborating on the principles in the book and sharing his own knowledge and experience.
Bonus #2: All the Expert Interview Transcripts
Learn from the hundreds of experts and Thriving Artists Jeff interviewed during the research of this book.
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Here’s to not starving!
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