Ever since launching this website a few years ago, people have asked where I find my inspiration to be such a prolific writer. Truth is, I had always struggled with endless bouts of writer’s block which would occasionally paralyze me for months on end. When I wrote proposals for work or columns for a school newspaper, I would literally crash into a brick wall as all mental stimuli would come to a grinding halt.
The tectonic shift for me occurred when I created a website with MY name on it. The two books I’ve written, the 100+ weblogs posted – all are marketed with my namesake on it. I’m not hiding behind a pen name, literary double or pseudonym or under the guise of a publication, magazine or corporation. I cannot phone it in or comment on subjects that don’t truly touch me or resonate as it would not feel genuine or authentic. It manifests from within and surfaces by channeling what is at my very core. Unlocking the vault of creativity is a daunting task indeed but can only be realized deep inside your soul.
Creativity wears many masks. It does not matter if you are a writer, painter, musician or parent – the artist creates using whatever medium stirs you. The best art is an extension of the artist and the first necessary step is is to get in touch with who you are at your core, your spirit, your soul. When you tap into that reservoir – which absolutely does exist within each of us – it pours out from you like the sun through the blinds. And, personally, I have discovered that you are less inhibited and self-conscious when expressing yourself because it’s such a true reflection of who you truly are.
When it comes to creativity, the most important rule is to follow your heart. Do it because it inspires you and fills you with joy. It should feel like vital, fulfilling work that gives you deep satisfaction. It’s the stuff you want to do, not have to do.
Once your skills increase and you start to master your craft, then just let go and let if flow. Quiet your busy mind, be fully present in the moment, and let your creative juices flow naturally. Try to set aside some time to focus on your talent each day without distraction. I wrote both of my books at a local coffee shop, carving out ninety minutes per day in a quiet corner table. It was my favorite part of the day where I simultaneously felt connected and productive (and overcaffeinated!). I learned this conducive environment was the perfect element for me as I would get into a zone. When I tried to write outside of this timeframe I had writer’s block.
The final rule I learned was to free yourself of fear. Fear will stifle creativity and impede your exploration of your deepest, intuitive self. You need positive energy to delve into your inner landscape, permission to make mistakes and space to maneuver to discover your own unique treasure. Don’t over think what the “critics” will say – if you believe in your craft, follow your beliefs and express yourself.
Writing has been such a deeply enriching hobby for me (operative word: hobby) as it has enlightened me on my true essence and identity. Whichever creative endeavor you pursue, I encourage you to follow your heart and bring forth your most compelling vision. Learn to set fear and doubt aside, burst free, and soar beyond your wildest imagination.