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I just watched a DVD (STRIPPED) on the present, past, and future of comic strips. Several of the artists had comments that apply to not only the visual arts, but to writing as well:

"You have final cut. In what other media do you have final cut on your product?"
John Glynn

"The ideas are out there. The Universe is filled with ideas. You just have to get out of the way and let 'em come"
Patrick McDonnell

"If you really love this, and this is what you want to do, just keep doing it."
Roz Chast

"The great news is that the more you do it, the better you're going to get."
Kate Beaton

"Those who resist completely [becoming a businessman] do so at their own peril."
Dylan Meconis

"Try to remember that people have better things to do than read your work, so---for heavens sakes---try to entice them with some beauty and fun."
Bill Watterson
 

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As an illustrator turned author, I know this is true. ;)
Illustration is all about telling a story in one instant of the whole timeline.
In writing, I try to take that with me and put as much of the story into each scene as possible.
I'm pretty good at imagining the scene because of my work in illustration.
So it helps.

Anyway, I will add this:

"There are plenty of things I could do for money, but art is the currency my heart deals in." - Shei Darksbane ;)
 
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