Hey there, fellow creatives! Today, I want to dive into the stimulating and sometimes challenging world of the arts and creativity, with a particular focus on the craft of writing. As an author, I have experienced the ups and downs of navigating through the creative process, and I’d love to share some insights and tips with you all.
It’s about the journey, not the destination.
First and foremost, creativity is a journey, not just a destination. It’s about embracing the process, letting your mind wander, and allowing yourself to explore new ideas and perspectives. As a writer, I often find inspiration in the world around me – from the bustling seaside streets where I live to the peaceful serenity of nature. Everything I see, hear and feel can spark the next great story or character in my mind.
One thing I’ve learned on my creative journey is that it’s okay to embrace imperfection. The first draft of a novel is never perfect, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s all about getting the words down on paper and then refining and polishing them. As the saying goes, “You can’t edit a blank page.”
Find your voice
Another crucial aspect of the creative process is finding your own voice. Whether you’re a writer, painter, musician, or any other type of artist, finding your unique style and perspective is key to creating meaningful and authentic work. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things – that’s how you’ll discover your true artistic identity.
Connect with other creatives.
Of course, creativity isn’t always smooth sailing. There are times when inspiration seems to be elusive, and self-doubt creeps in. During these moments, it’s important to surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow creatives. It doesn’t have to be your chosen career choice either; why not try something new? Whether it’s joining a writing group, attending workshops, or simply connecting with other artists online, having a support network can be incredibly motivating and uplifting.
I recently frequented an art shop on the promenade in Cromer. I spent over half an hour chatting to the artist in residence about his creative process, and the similarities with being a writer were striking. He told me that he is never satisfied with his paintings and that the closest an artist will ever get to ‘perfection’ is around 60%. This is so true of writers. We also discussed the difficulties of creating a ‘productive habit’, and both agreed that true joy is found in the process of creating, not the end result. As we chatted, I started to see the person behind the paintings on the wall, and despite having little knowledge about paintings, I began to appreciate them fully as I understood the artist.
Lastly, I want to emphasize the importance of self-care in the creative process. Taking the time to recharge and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation is essential for maintaining a healthy, creative mindset. Whether it’s going for a walk, practising meditation, or indulging in a favourite hobby, taking care of yourself is crucial for nurturing your creativity. I choose to get out into nature with my dogs, watch thriller films, read a book, or exercise.
In conclusion, the arts and creativity are incredibly diverse and rich with opportunities for self-expression. As a writer, I’ve found that embracing the creative journey, embracing imperfection, finding my voice, seeking support, and practising self-care have all been instrumental in nurturing my artistic endeavours. I hope these insights resonate and inspire you on your own creative path. Remember, the world needs your unique creativity – so keep creating, keep exploring, and keep embracing the beauty of the arts. Happy creating, everyone!