Writer or Waiter?
“Not being enough,” “doing it all wrong,” or failing horribly are the reasons creatives never make it. But completing the creative thing should never hinge on any of those thoughts. Instead, it should be completed because it wants to live. Even if it’s seen by only one other person, the work was worth the effort and time.
An artist, writer, creative does the work because they must. They simply cannot not do it. The storyteller must write stories; the artist must paint; and the songwriter must write songs. Whether the work being created becomes the next biggest brightest thing depends on too many outside factors that the creative has little control over. Those elements are business and marketing. First, do the work. Think about that other stuff much later.
Dan Poynter said, “If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.” Expanding on that idea for all creatives, put your artform in place of “write/writer” and the message is the same.
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.” – Marie Ray
Stop waiting for everything to be perfect or the stars to align before you finish that work. Do it now! Do your creative dreams, writing books, all of it.
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