Now that you’ve made a decision to create [and possibly to share some of your work], you might saunter further into some unexplored, or at least dormant, traits.
Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, says: [Note: For every mention of writing, plug in your own creative endeavor.]
“The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail — not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. “Ever tried, ever failed,” Samuel Beckett once wrote. “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It requires what the great editor Ted Solotoroff once called endurability.”
For a more complete discussion, click on over to Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.
Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your and flex those creative muscles.
This post is especially relevant to us as beginners in our creative pursuits.
I like this medium.com post by Thomas Oppong.
Title: Make Life Easier on Yourself by Accepting “Good Enough.” Don’t Pursue Perfection, Pursue Progress
— “In other words, instead of pushing yourself to an impossible “perfect,” and therefore getting nowhere, accept “good.”
— “Perfection is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough…”
— “The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists.
It rewards people who get things done.”
Stick with this post for the other valuable quotes from smart people like Brené Brown and Seth Godin.
View story at Medium.com
Yesterday, I referred to Austin Kleon as a creative touchstone.
Above is a page of his book Show Your Work, condensed by way of a blackout poem, a technique he uses and unabashedly ‘stole’. [See his book Steal Like An Artist.] The first draft of the blackout poem was a mess and I later posted a cleaner version, but at that moment an hour ago, I wanted to get something out there. So I thought, ‘What the hey?’ [should it be ‘What the hay’?…and does it or does it not need a question mark? We creative retirees…such a tortured bunch.]
This is one of my favorite pages in Show Your Work and it speaks to my post about collaboration.
Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your thinking.