With NaNoWriMo fast approaching, many writers, and those who aspire to join the professional published ranks of that profession are planning, and fevering away. Some of you might already have an outline or at least a pretty detailed idea what you will write about, while others – like I have in the past – are afraid to approach the blank page that is placed in front of them, waiting to be filled with witty dialogue and interesting characters.
This is not just the case in the framework of the Nanowrimo, or only experienced by writers, but also by bloggers, content marketers, business people and artists, who have to step toward that scary empty space of either paper or computer screen that is meant to be filled, but does not seem to fill itself.Embrace The Courage To Create Click To Tweet
Often times, before we begin the process of creation, we approach the process with fear and tread, wondering how we would ever fill up that empty space in front of us, and if what we are setting out to create will be worthwhile.
Yet, we have to find the courage to create, to overcome the first hurdle of fear, and put ourselves out there. Pushing aside the thought of what quality will appear in front of us, and the simple act of writing and creating something can be scary but must be done. Many stop at this stage, staring at the blank page, quitting before they even get started, by allowing their own self-doubts to hinder them from creating anything.
By giving yourself the permission to do two things – to make a really bad first creation (whether that is in writing or via another art form), and to laugh at your own mistakes, to embrace them as a funny way to learn from failing – gives you a chance to push past the fear.
It is no accident that Authors often speak of the first draft as the “vomit draft”, but unlike those of us, who are still stuck in the pre-action stage, they have embraced the courage to stare that the blank page and fill it whatever came to mind.
It does not matter, if you are planning on participating in the upcoming month-long writing challenge, or are struggling to create that piece of art today, give yourself the push to fill that space in front of you, without reservation.
That moment of sitting down in front of that abyss, the blankness of the not-begun work takes courage, and that courage makes you an artist and a creator. You are not defined by how many people have seen your art, or how many people have read your books, or even like them. The simple willingness to put yourself, your heart and soul out there to be seen, even if only by you, manifesting something of substance, of value, is what gives you the permission to be and to call yourself an artist or a writer.
It is a light realized.