Minding The Muse

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Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer--highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performance artist Patti Smith, and the painter Joan Miro. Beginning with the first sparks of artistic creation--Gathering, Hoarding, Conceptualizing--Long moves through the various stages to Completing Works and Poet as Peddler, Painter as Pusher: Marketing. Every creative worker will find something here to take to heart and into the studio or workroom.