Mary Marantz on Authors

“There is a tendency for people to want to write books but not be authors. The difference between the two is whether you are originating new ideas or just taking a bunch of inspiring things out there and calling them your own.”

@marymarantz on the The Call to Mastery with @jordanraynor

I’ve illustrated a few quotes from The Call to Mastery podcast – it’s one the few that when I try a new podcast app (this happens more often than you’d expect) I subscribe to that one from memory. It’s always thought provoking.

Wow…this was a convicting episode for me. I mean…my whole thing here is taking other peoples ideas around faith and Christianity and combining them with my illustration style. If I’m being totally transparent – sometimes it’s easy to present an idea that’s a little jarring because it’s not my own. I’m using my voice (in this case art) to say someone else’s words. In some sense, I get the credit but they take the risk.

I didn’t start this to be an author but when Mary spoke on this topic about bringing something original it really presented a lot of questions for me. All that to say, I don’t plan on upending this account or anything like that but there have been times where I’ve had ideas of things I’ve wanted to do or say but have been more hesitant to do so. Maybe I’ll try to be more open to them in the future. 🤔

This episode was great – Mary’s story is very compelling and I found myself going to back to catch quotes over and again! I knew I was going to draw this one pretty early on but the quote kept changing; I probably should have sketchnoted the whole thing. 

I really want to pick up her book “Dirt” but I’m on a self-imposed book buying moratorium. Friends – I have a problem. 😳😅

By Paul Mignard

Illustrator and Sketchnoter. I prefer pizza over tacos. I like to draw things without fur much more than things with fur. When presented with two choices I pick the one that's less complicated.