“The conventional wisdom here is that while “craft” can be taught, “art” remains a magical gift bestowed only by the gods. Not so. In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive. Clearly these qualities can be nurtured by others…. Even talent is rarely distinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work.” —
Formative book for me, as recommended by Robert Rodriguez. I’ve actually never finished it, as every time I get a copy I end up giving it away.