All posts tagged: #writinglife

The Beauty of Blinders: Taking Sight of Your Own Creativity

BLINDERS: something that obscures vision: something that prevents clear vision or understanding eye covers for horse: a pair of flaps attached to a horse’s bridle, one beside each eye, to keep the horse looking straight ahead.Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2003. © 1993-2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. In terms of creativity, the first definition of the word for ‘blinders’ is very negative. Being creative after all is about giving vision and making the obscure more understandable. But as creative people, there are times where blinders are a necessary tool that we should employ within our journeys, and actually, blinders become a great blessing when we employ them in our faith journeys as well. “True creativity is not about competition it is about the newness of authenticity. Authentic creativity speaks not only for the artist, but to the artist as well as the audience, and comes from a place within.” Blinders that cover our eyes from distractions, things that keep us from our vision, and looking ahead, staying on the path, are very beautiful and worthwhile. …

It’s Worth the Mess: 3 Reasons to Keep Creating

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly . . . until you can learn to do it well.” ~Zig Ziglar I have always been a believer that anything worth having is definitely worth fighting for. Having healthy relationships? Worth fighting for. Having security? Worth fighting for. Having victory in maintaining faith? Worth fighting for. I could go on and I am sure that you could add several things to the ‘worth fighting for’ list. But one thing I have often lost the fight in (because I didn’t show up) was in learning new avenues of creating. Why? Because more times than not I was afraid of failure. I wonder if you can relate. The thing about being a creative person–the thing about being human–is that the beginnings of all of our successes begin in a mess. We don’t begin walking with elegant or confident gaits. We fall and we scuff our hands and knees. The same is true for each and every creative venture that we embark upon. Our first drafts will likely be, well, garbage …

How Writing is much like Farming: Words to Creatives #Amwriting #writinglife #writingtip #writing

“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” ~Thomas A. Edison I was going through some quotes by Mr. Thomas A. Edison when I came across the one and thought of you, my fellow creatives. I thought about how down in our spirits we as aspiring authors and artist can get over our novels and creations when they seem to not be going the way we’d hoped and imagined, and for that reason, I  wanted to encourage you. Let’s face it, as beautiful and exhilarating it is to write a book from start to finish–or to create any form of art–it is still a lot of hard work. We as the creators often see how grand it is in its fledgling form because we see more than our words initially show in the first round of writing. To see this way is great but we have to keep the truth in mind that our readers can’t see everything we see within our first expressions of our ideas. They need a bit more showing and telling to …

Hearing the Sound of My Voice: Creative Discovery

We all know the little ditty “April showers bring May flowers.” We come out of winter (those of us who live above the Equator or who live in 4 season regions) only to find ourselves skipping between sunshine and rain, smiles and frowns, anxiety and hope. Is the winter really over or is nature just playing tricks on me? Before I go on let me just say rain is such an amazing thing. We often frown when it comes and we had been hoping for sunshine, but the sound of rain is so soothing. Its in the tremble of the water droplets and the crack and roll of thunder and lightening that we…rest. We calm down inwardly and are given moments of repose to think. The rain washes away but it also breathes new life…think on that for a while. Understanding creative voice is dependent upon listening to it when it speaks.” This April has given me so many of ups and downs and ins and outs. I have battled with time, struggled to maintain …