Brenda Ueland said that the only mentors we should listen to are the ones whose attitude is:
“Tell me more. Tell me all you can. I want to understand more about everything you feel and know and all the changes inside and out of you. Let more come out.”
(Please, before we move on, copy the above quote onto a sticky note and slap it on your desk, laptop, notebook, etc.)
Wouldn’t it be great if someone could just follow us along our creative path and say things like this?
Every time we tried to shut ourselves up.
Every time we tried telling ourselves our story doesn’t matter.
Every time we scrapped a piece we worked all night on due to insecurity.
Every time we knew we were keeping our true selves out of our art.
Tell me more. Let more come out.
Don’t drone on and on in a slow-moving train to nowhere kind of way. Don’t take up dead space. Don’t put me to sleep with some long, drawn out monotonous, pointless diatribe.
But tell me more. Every line should say more. Every line should move me. Boil it down, but make it full. Then do that again. And again.
Don’t rush. But don’t daddle. Or diddle... Whatever.
Tell me more. Tell it to me full. Tell me everything. I want to know.