Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Bob Ross of Writers

Every writer should watch at least one episode of Bob Ross.
We’re seldom exhibitionists,
so we forget perspective
on what a scattered mess our art is allowed to look like
on its way to completion.

Every writer should also watch a bunch more Bob Ross,
so they remember to finish the fucking thing.



  1. You know, that's not a bad idea. Bob Ross can really show you how it all comes together. And then he puts in something else and you think "No, man, you're going to ruin it!" but it turns out great. Yep. Writing is like that.

    But don't watch too much, or all your stories will have hapy little trees and rocks in them.

  2. What this post needed was some happy little trees. Maybe... here. And here. And over here. Because trees like to be together. But not all of them. Maybe one more, over... here.


  3. I don't see anything wrong with more happy little trees in fiction. Maybe that would have clinched Phil Roth's Nobel.

  4. Bob Ross was a genius (at least to the artistically challenged).

    We should all sketch a happy tree once in a while.

  5. His voice always made me feel so calm. Yup, every time I paint a tree I make sure it's a happy one.

  6. I like this. I like unique ways of seeing the familiar.

  7. I'm snickering at Tony's comment! But tottally agree, John. When I was home sick with the flu or cold, I used spend hours watching bob ross on tv. Not only watching him turn blobs into mountains, but his voice was soothing.


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