I wrote this last year when I was having issues with feeling like a failure. Here's my take on the creative process, circa sometime in early 2012. I hope it helps someone!
I have come to the conclusion the creative process is like labor, and not just because it looks a lot easier when you're watching someone else do it on TV.Whether you're writing a book, composing a song, or staring down a gigantic pile of scrap fabric, it is a serious undertaking, something that involves not only your time and energy, but your heart.
Creativity is also like labor because all you want to do sometimes is yell, "EFF, EFF, EFF!".
|WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?!?|
Creativity is a journey, not a destination. The goal is to enjoy this quest, regardless of the popularity or mass appeal of end result. "An essential aspect of creativity," says Edwin Land, "is not being afraid to fail." It doesn't matter how you define "failure", whether it's not getting repins/reposts, not getting published, having someone leave a snarky comment, or not being able to finish a sewing project because you accidentally sewed most of it backwards (not like I've ever done that ... more than nine times).
|For you :-)|
Put on that imaginary badge of creative courage, peeps. Wear it proudly. You are awesome and there's no need to change that just to please others. Be true to you.
"I can't give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time." ~ Herbert Bayard Swope
In other words, make what you love and do it with courage. To hell with the naysayers. Creativity is hard enough already.
How's that for a pep talk? I feel better.
(cartwheel, cartwheel, back flip, "GOOOOO LIONS!",
flip of ridiculously long blond pony tail, end scene)