The image I’ve chosen for this first and auspicious blog post that will chart my creative journey for the next fifty-two weeks is from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre as part of its Dramatic Inspirations collection that ‘inspires us to be both imaginative and inventive in life’.
It reminds me that as a writer, inspiration can come from anywhere and at anytime. We just need to be open to it – a challenge in itself in our crazily over-busy lives – and so I’ve given over 2017 to the creative process to see where it takes me.
Now, one would assume that I would be in a financially secure place to embark on such a journey as a creative one, but no, I’d be waiting forever for that to happen.
Anyone heard the sage advice that goes something like, ‘you need money, or a rich husband, behind you to take time out to create or, worse, you need six months savings to cover things like rent and food? Well, I decided not to wait for that magical day to turn up and, as is my nature, I’ve jumped in to see what happens (and pray I don’t become that most wonderful of all cliches, a starving writer in an attic:))
Because, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over years of wanting to do this audacious thing, it’s that there’s never a right time to commit to the creative life. One of the items on my ‘to do’ list is to chat with other creatives on my podcast and learn how they juggle that most wonderful of juxtapositions, real life versus the creative life. You can subscribe to my podcast here.
I’ll end for now with the words of one of my favourite authors, W. Somerset Maugham:
There is probably in everyone something of the creative instinct. It is natural for child to play about with coloured pencils and paint little pictures in water-colour, and then, often enough, when it learns to read and write, to write little verses and little stories. I believe that the creative instinct reaches its height during the twenties and then, sometimes because it was merely a product of adolescence, sometimes because the affairs of life, the necessity of earning a living, leave no time for its exercise, it languishes and dies. But in many persons, in more than most of us know, it continues to burden and enchant them. They become writers because of the compulsion within them.
My To Do list:
- starting, planning, preparing…
- my good intentions go bung…or do they?
- Who cares anyway?
- What is creativity?
- Shiny objects, the cliche…
- tidying my desk
- my mentoring package
- my online course grows wings, a product and plans
- Balls in the air
- this week’s interview – fanfiction…200k, 4mill,
- Achieved: podcast upload, one interview, one newsletter post, tutorial on opt-in page
- my 4 hour morning routine
- Independence day…we’re doing it
- marketing…workshops, courses, mentoring
- FB ads, social media and living language videos
- admin: housekeeping
- money earned – $680