I have always been writing since I was a young child. When I was three years old, my dad bought me a notebook because that is what I wanted for Christmas. And since then I have been hooked.
I wrote words, drew pictures, and doodled in my spare time. When girls were playing with Barbie’s, I was in my room doodling and writing. When I started school, I got my very first journal. My Mom bought me one for my birthday! I was so excited about it. It was pink and it had a beautiful design. That hooked me to the writing life.
I loved the life of the imagination and still do. As far back as I could remember I have been creating stories in my mind. And these stories were what got me through childhood and most of my really difficult adolescent years.
Why do I tell you all this? I am sharing this with you because I would like to encourage you to think about your beginnings as a writer. What really got you interested in writing? Was it the time alone writing? Was it the imaginary escapades you went on? Was it the act of writing itself? There is so much to think about isn’t there?
As some of you know, I have been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I am hooked on the book. I have been reading and re-reading it for weeks! What a gem of creativity and authenticity!!! If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to do so, and let us know your thoughts.
The Creative Life
I have been thinking about the creative life a lot for about a year now. And there was something about Elizabeth Gilbert’s book that really struck a chord with me. I shared some of the reasons why with my critique group this week, and they were all astounded. So, here it goes.
I believe that the creative life is wonderful because of the following things:
• Creativity is our divine birth right. We are born with certain creative aspects to our unique character and personality. For some of us, this translates into cooking a wonderful meal. For others of us, it is when we crochet or quilt that this creativity comes out. But we all have it.
• We don’t need permission to write. If we want to write, and we are writers (and you are a writer if you want to write), we should write. So, forget about asking your spouse for permission to get some writing done. Just sit down and write.
• Creative people don’t live a passive life, waiting for things to happen to them. They make things happen themselves and they leave their blueprint on the world.
• The creative life is an authentic life. Therefore a lot of our fears are self-created through things that have nothing with the nature of creativity.
• To be creative, you must possess a fierce sense of personal entitlement. The word entitlement has many negative connotations. But it need not have these meanings. In fact, the entitlement that I mean here is an inherent entitlement to be creative and to leave your mark on the world—something that we all have a right to do.
• We keep defining and redefining ourselves as a writer every day. Our journey is never complete. So, we should enjoy the ride.
• We should never stop creating, whatever the outcome. I know people who write just because they enjoy it. Many of them are not published and never want to be. But they will never go for long without writing. That is what I call a truly creative person.
• As a creative person, we have a right to our own voice and our own vision.
• The creative life is a life of learning and being open to all that there is to learn.
• Creativity leads to getting to know ourselves more and more as well as the world and people around us.
• Creative living is so much better than living a mundane, passive life.
Something to think about
How do you feel about the creative life? Is it something that you embrace or is it something that you have a love-hate relationship towards?
Do some thinking about this, and please let me know your thoughts.