Author Donald Miller identified some rules for writing to help him get out of a funk and stay true to his message and not be swayed by the crowd. And although they are for him as a writer, they ring true for anybody who is working hard at getting their creative work seen by the crowd.
In light of my recent bout of writer’s block, I was reminded again that these blockages are normal, yet are only a temporary feeling of disillusionment.
“To remind myself to never go back to being careful, I made a list of new freedoms.
It looked like this:
I am willing to sound dumb.
I am willing to be wrong.
I am willing to be passionate about something that isn’t perceived as cool.
I am willing to express a theory.
I am willing to admit I’m afraid.
I’m willing to contradict something I’ve said before.
I’m willing to have a knee-jerk reaction, even a wrong one.
I’m willing to apologize.
I’m perfectly willing to be perfectly human.”
~ Scary Close, pg 148
As I read this list of freedoms a few months ago, I immediately felt a sense of courage burn through my veins. It helped me to realise that as a creative, the hardest part is staying real to the gift I’ve been given, and honest in sharing the unique view of the world that I’ve been granted.
It’s now up to me to share with passion and authenticity. If I don’t, I’m no help to anyone and certainly not being true to myself.