The Real Hero in Creativity

No Choice but to Write

Whether you are a New York Times Best Seller or you’re unpublished you share the title of “writer”.  You may…

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Whether you are a New York Times Best Seller or you’re unpublished you share the title of “writer”.  You may think the similarities end there but you share more with a well known author than you think.

turning proI am on a Steven Pressfield kick right now.  I’m going back through Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work.  I laugh at the thought that I share anything in common with Mr. Pressfield unless it’s outside of writing.

I was amazed that we do share similarities when it comes to writing.  He wrote about failure under My Years in the Wilderness.  He asked himself some of the same questions I’ve asked myself.  “Why am I doing this?”  “Am I crazy?”

He explained how he answered the question by realizing that he had no choice.  He couldn’t do anything else but write.  Admire your favorite authors.  Learn from them.  Read their work.  Then read it again.  But do so with the understanding that they had to work and endure defeats and setbacks just like you.

This inspired me:

So when I wrote yet another novel or screenplay that I couldn’t sell, I had no choice but to write another after that.  The truth was, I was enjoying myself.  Maybe nobody else liked the stuff I was doing, but I did.  I was learning.  I was getting better.

When you write, do so with honesty and transparency that others may relate and connect with your struggles and success.  I can relate to Mr. Pressfield’s struggles and thanks to his transparency I hope to relate to his success one day as well.

The Real Hero in Creativity – Authors that Inspire

 

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The Real Hero in Creativity

“Let Me Tell You What I’m Working On”

Sharing the idea. . . or sharing the completed project?  Which would you rather share?  There are times when it’s…

Sharing the idea. . . or sharing the completed project?  Which would you rather share?  There are times when it’s more fun to share the idea.  The immediate reaction to your pitch can be amazing.  Why do the hard work of fully creating the idea, just travel around telling people about it. I’m going to be honest, I don’t have that much experience sharing the completed project over sharing the idea.  It’s just too exciting not to share with friends, family and complete strangers what you are working on.  I also think that’s in part to being passionate and excited about your work  and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I can tell when I’m making great progress on an idea when I’m quiet about it.  I’m not rushing to work it into the conversation and sometimes don’t even share it.  Getting praise and kind remarks on the idea alone also plays tricks on my mind into thinking I’ve arrived and the work is done.

The Real Hero in Creativity – Waiting to Share

The few times I’ve been able to share the completed project without anyone really knowing about the idea is 100 times more rewarding.  Waiting to share helps put things into perspective for me when I’m working.  I could spend two hours sharing the idea or two hours working on completing it.

Give it a try.  Hold off on sharing.  Sharing the completed project will be much more rewarding.

 

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The Real Hero in Creativity

What’s the Number to the Creative Hotline?

I think it’s 1-800-LOL-SOLO.  I searched just in case but only found a Creative Hotlist which is probably the same…

I think it’s 1-800-LOL-SOLO.  I searched just in case but only found a Creative Hotlist which is probably the same number.  The number you are looking for is in your favorites on your phone.  It’s the number to the one person you don’t dare call when your project or big idea has stalled out.  It’s also the same number that makes you extremely excited when you receive a call from them.

Friends and peers can be a major motivator.  Have you ever shelled out big bucks to attend a conference and get more out of lunch or dinner with a friend?  Have you ever felt stuck and feel like you are in a fog creatively?  I do all the time.  I jump on the Creative Hotline, end the call and see clearer and inspired to create.

I have several friends that fall in this category for me.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve called to ask a question and I help them while at the same time they challenge and pick me up.  I take full advantage of creative friends who want to “catch up” over dinner only to recharge my creative batteries.  These are people who should be in your favorites on your phone and you reach out to often.  Avoid the crisis call for help when you make time on a regular basis for work accountability, inspirational conversations and sharing your dreams and vision.

I find I’m at my best when I make time for these calls regularly.  Respect their time and schedule a call or lunch.  Even if your good friends you should schedule the time as a meeting. It will trigger the right frame of mind and provide some structure and not feel like you are just hanging out.

Don’t have a person like this that you can count on?  Ask someone you respect or look up to.  Organize your own event with others in a similar place that want to grow and create more.  One last thing.  You may be the major motivator for several of your friends.  Without them flat out calling you Yoda and crowning you creative master, listen and offer them a sounding board for their own creative space to flourish.

The Real Hero in Creativity – Friends you can call on

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