I don’t want to sail in the boat, I just enjoy building it.

Woody was once asked if he ever read stories about himself in the tabloids. 

To which he responded, never, ever, ever. 

In his younger years, perhaps, but the filmmaker said that now he scrupulously avoids any self preoccupation. His true enjoyment comes from project itself. And when it’s over, when he’s made his movie, he moves on. He never looks at the film again or reads anything about it. 

Coming from one of my creative heroes, this approach to work is absolutely inspiring to me. Because I feel the same way. All I ever wanted to do as a writer was make art, share it with the world and then get back to work. 

That’s a joyous celebration for me. 

But this insane, capitalistic notion that once the art is done, then the real work starts, that’s pure torture for me. I don’t want to be the daddy of a whole universe. Spending the next twelve months on a thirty city tour, schlepping around the nation trying to sell and promote and deconstruct and build community around this work of art that I never want to look at again, no thanks. 

I am in the business of making art, not marketing it. 

All that matters to me is how I grow as a person during the process. 

That’s payment enough. 

Everything else is bullshit. 

In the words of another one of my creative heroes, I don’t want to sail in the boat, I just enjoy building it. 


Are you trapped in the wrong business?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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