I began this blog in May 2014, and have found the journey to be an enjoyable one. In this post I briefly share my experiences and learnings during the last eight months. Blogging has let me deal with some of my core issues when it comes to creating, and has made me more confident about pursuing this passion.
A brief sharing on what I learnt:
Learning 1: The story is about the story teller: I have often wondered, why anyone would read a story which has been told a million times: pick any classic love story and you will see there are some 5-6 basic plotlines that can be worked on. So why do so many people write and what is it that makes each story different?
My learning: the story teller: each of us is unique and different, and each person finds a new way to narrate the same story. That is what makes the stories different and the art of story-telling fascinating.
Learning 2: Put aside the voice of criticism and doubt, that asks who will read this writing. After realizing that my story matters, I realized this truth in every creative space. Listen to the songs you hear, observe the art you see – the theme is usually one that has been worked on over and over again, yet every creator lends his / her own unique touch to the piece. This realization has given me the courage to create, it has given me the strength to do what I want to do without worrying about how successful I will be.
Learning 3: Take inspiration from other creative people. I have spent a fair amount of time reading about other famous creative people, their routines, their struggles and their processes. One important thing that I learnt was that they took the process of creating as seriously as we take our regular jobs. They committed a fixed set of hours to it, and worked at their passion without treating it as a burden. Some dedicated their lives to it, others did it in their spare time. Some converted their skills into commissioned works of art, others pursued their vision with little or no assurance of material success. These were the people who created – letters, books, plays, paintings, sculptures, inventions, architecture – amazing people who believed in themselves and never let the world talk them out of pursuing their dreams.
Learning 4: Use the internet to get yourself back on track. When I find myself a little low on motivation, I read about the lives of those I admire – these could be statesmen, thinkers, philosophers – anyone that has made a difference to our world. I browse through the online autobiographies of great thinkers, authors, painters, inventors, scientists and even statesmen.
I read blog posts of other writers who are working on the same issues as I am. This exploration lets me better understand my own challenges, inspires me to stay persistent and positive. It helps me get back on track with my writing and other creative pursuits.
What do you do when life gets in the way of you creating? Do you look around for inspiration, go for a walk, meditate, listen to music? I would love to know how you get past that creative block, do share!
~ Bharti Athray
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