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On Creativity

2014 July 27


I feel like I have lost my writing gene.

I sit down to write and the words stumble over themselves instead of flowing the way I want them to.

I look at my life – in all its easygoing simplicity – and I wonder if I don’t have enough of a story to tell. I read so many great pieces and the stories that fuel them: love and loss and intimacy. And right now, I don’t really have those stories in me. I read sentences that are so beautifully composed, they stay with me all day. And right now, I don’t think I have those sentences in me. I marvel at the stacks of published books at the store, the pages upon pages in my magazines, the endless world of blogs…

And I just want to look at pretty pictures of Kate Moss.

Creativity is a funny thing and when you have a public outlet such as this one, it becomes even more complicated. What is worth putting out there in the world and what isn’t? What do your readers care about and how does it align with what you care about? Who are the people reading and how does that censor your story (hi mom!)? What does one do when their creative outlet is writing? And they are blocked.

I think you write.

I think you stumble over those words and take an hour to hit publish, second-guessing every sentence.

I think you forget about what others think and put it out there anyways.

You look for great stories in the every day, even if they are ordinary to everyone but you.

You practice, you stretch, you try once more.

And somehow, some way, you hope it will find you again.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Karsha permalink
    July 27, 2014

    I love reading everything your write. Even when it’s when you’re struggling to write. Keep writing!

  2. July 27, 2014

    Your writing is beautiful and it’s perfectly acceptable if some days you’d rather look at Kate Moss than put pen to paper.

    Keep up the great work 🙂

  3. July 30, 2014

    I struggle with this a lot. I started my blog as a way to express the creative part of myself. Though I work in marketing there is a lot of conforming to what the client wants…. it’s nice to have a space where I can truly do whatever strikes my fancy. When I struggle on what to write about, I think about conversations I’ve had with friends recently or somewhere that I found inspiration, that usually helps strike a chord. Although it’s ideal if someone other than my mom and husband read my blog, I try not to think too much on whether or not others find it entertaining. If it’s something I’m interested in and passionate about, hopefully that comes across enough to capture the readers attention. Loving your blog by the way!

  4. August 1, 2014

    I love this post. I struggle with this a lot. I’ve always wanted to be a writer but most days when I look at my life, I stumble over the words. I struggle to make meaning out of what seems so mundane. I compare myself to others and I find myself coming up short. And for a while, this paralyzed me. Sometimes, it still paralyzes me. But I think you’re write. I think you have to do it anyway because someone will come along and find solace and comfort in your words.

    I found comfort and inspiration in these words that you wrote. I now have to believe that the words that I write and decide to publish on my blog will have the same effect on someone out there.

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