--Linda Dessau, Creativity Portal
Lately I've had several experiences that have reminded me exactly how fragile the creative process is. Last week, a friend from Washington, DC, confided that during National Novel Writing Month, she gave up on the memoir she was writing. "I have a whole new respect for you authors."
When I queried her, she admitted, "The dialogue. It just didn't come out right."
I explained to her that on a first pass, it probably wouldn't. I encouraged her to try again. "This time, don't judge your work. Just blurt it out onto paper or your screen. Writing is a process of discovery." I recommended that she read William Zinsser's Writing to Learn.
A young man in Pittsburgh who writes poetry told me, "I quit. I couldn't get a whole poem I liked. It seemed to take me forever."
|This tangle pattern was inspired by the work of one of my students yesterday.|
A couple of days later, here in Florida, I attended an art exhibit. All the work was done by local elementary school students. And the work was magnificent! Unfortunately, the evening was ruined by the woman in charge. She simpered around behind the microphone and explained that we were all present to view the efforts of "students trying hard to be artists." After more dismissive commentary, she suggested that the students should come up as she called their names to claim their "little awards." (Yes, LITTLE awards.)
People like that are natural born killers of the creative process. When my friend quit writing her memoir, it was because she heard that woman's voice in her head. That's also why the young man put aside his poetry.
Last night I taught my second class in Zentangle. As I moved from student to student, my heart was full of love for all of them. It takes courage to be creative! I felt so very, very lucky to witness these brave souls as they tried their hand at something new.
What do you think? Do you believe that creativity requires courage? Do you hear a voice of negativity in your head when you try something new?