My new favorite illustration prompt: #Colour_Collective

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I’m putting a spotlight on #Colour_Collective this week because it’s helped me find tons of amazing artwork from many talented illustrators! And I love that all artists and mediums are welcome.

Here’s the skinny. Every Saturday on Twitter @Clr_Collective releases a new color for that week’s inspiration. The following Friday at 19:30 BST (that’s 1:30pm CST, my Midwestern friends), artists of all stripes share artwork inspired by that color and tag it #Colour_Collective.

Here are some of the pieces I’ve made over the past couple weeks and the colors that inspired them.

#Colour_Collective Artwork by Sheri Roloff

So, if you’re looking for a smile on Fridays, browse the hashtag for some beautiful art! And if you’re an artist looking for weekly inspiration, join in! The online community around this is awesome. This week’s color is Portland Orange, and I can’t wait to post something new tomorrow and see all the amazing artwork!

Is too much (writing) advice a bad thing?

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Is too much writing advice a bad thing? My current answer: yes. And I think this is true for many things. Eventually too much advice becomes, well, too much.

The last few months I’ve been actively soaking up advice from innumerable sources (blogs, articles, social media, books, people in real life *gasp!*) both about writing in general and writing picture books specifically.

Here’s what I’ve found. Some of the advice has been super helpful, insightful and inspiring. For instance, some of the quotes and articles I’ve found through @AdviceToWriters, Stephen King’s excellent book On Writing, and (especially) feedback from my awesome critique group. On the other hand, some of the advice I’ve found seems misguided and conflicts with other things I’ve heard/read…which is frustrating.

I think the most prevalent advice I’ve found is that if you want to write, WRITE. And I think this can be applied to anything. If you want to paint, PAINT! Stop merely thinking about it, worrying that what you’re doing is not good enough, distracting yourself, etc. and hone your craft. You’d think this sage advice would be obvious, but these universal hurdles are clearly thwarting people on a daily basis. (I can personally attest to this!)

So I’m not saying we should shut ourselves off from advice or not be open to advice. There are bound to be golden nuggets, especially from the right sources. And it’s up to each individual to find those sources and filter advice into two categories: useful and not useful. But I think too much advice can bog a person down from their actual task, project or goal at hand.

What do you think? Can too much advice (writing or otherwise) be a bad thing?