“Do you write (Create) to impress or do you write (Create) to improve?” ~Candice Coates
The thought suddenly came to my head. It is always a good thing to go back to the beginning, remember the plans that you first had when you began your creative journey.
For me, as an author who has recently published my first work of fiction, and being conscious of the ebbs and flows in sales and follows, I have to continue to ask myself am I doing what I am doing to impress or improve?
If my goal is to impress, who exactly am I impressing? And if it is to improve, who and or what am I improving? What are my reasons? Actually, we all need to ask ourselves these questions.
For me, I write, because I have fallen in love with the people who live in my head. No, I don’t need medication. I am talking about the characters that grow out of nothing but have such amazing stories to tell. At least to me, their stories are amazing.
I write because I give them a voice. I also write because if I leave them screaming on the inside of me I feel like my head is going to explode. I truly feel like I am going mad and I can’t think straight. I will admit that I become VERY grumpy and hard to communicate with when I bottle-neck my own creativity.
These are the main reasons why I write. I love to visit the worlds and realms these voices live in, and for just a few moments find my escape from the mundane and predictability of my own life at the time.
Is this cathartic therapy for me? Absolutely!
Apart from my self-serving reasons, I write because I like to share. If you go to the theater and see a movie that was a rollercoaster ride from the opening credits to the very end, you want to share it with someone else. You want others to have the same exhilarating experience that you had. This is why I write.
It is to improve and I suppose on some level to impress because isn’t giving delight a form of impression? I don’t know.
We are all creative beings created by an imaginative, CREATIVE GOD. We are made in His image, not with fingers and toes and noses but with the power and the need to create. It is in our nature to give life, mold it, share it.
So why do you, fellow Creatives, why do you take up your pen or punch the keyboard each day? ( I love the sound the keys make. It’s one of the best kinds of music.) Do you write to impress or to improve? I would love to hear your story.
And if writing isn’t your creative medium share why you continue to create how you do and why?
*Revised from January 5, 2014
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!