An initiative of ASPEN (Authors' Self-Publishing Enterprise)


in Education, Personal Growth, Health, Business, Ecology and the Arts 

Volume 2 - No. 3 -  2014



"Never confuse movement with action" - Ernest Hemingway



The Illusion of Action

A really good writing school would have you do nothing but read. The only writing exercises would be: look at this thing you've seen a thousand times before, and describe something you've never noticed before.

A really good art school would have you do nothing but look at everything ever done by anybody any good, and then provide a lab with sufficient tools (and I am adamant about "sufficient" rather than "the best") with advisors to keep them from cutting their fingers off. Kind of like how I learned to print. You taught me enough not to hurt myself, and then let me loose to come up with my own questions, and my own examinations. Thank you again.

Thus David Lance Goines in this article from 1997,  from his fantastic website, which we have reproduced with the kind permission of the author.

David also says: Everything is incredibly simple: just do it; but it is incredibly hard to notice what we do not see.