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Inspiration for the Modern Creative Person (You!)

One of the sad realities of our time is that thanks to movies, TV shows and yes, even books, we’ve come to expect success as something that will happen like a lightning bolt.

You work hard and create something incredible and CRACK – BOOM you hit the big time and everyone loves it, buys thousands upon thousands of copies, and you become rich, famous, and an all around badass success.

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Unfortunately, the reality is somewhat different.

You work hard, you create something, it fails, you try again and more than likely you fail again and again and again and again and again and again… until shazam!

You get the picture.

The truth is you might never, ever find the success that’s been advertised. You might never create something that makes you an overnight millionaire.

So you might wonder why you should keep trying.

You might wonder why you should keep creating.

I’m sure you wonder a lot of things.

Why aren’t you lucky?

Why do others seem to create bars of gold and fill up audience halls every time they sneeze?

You might wonder where the fairness is.

You name it – you wonder it.

It’s not merely about working hard or working harder, because you work your butt off and you know it!

Here’s what I suggest:

Create because it’s what you want to do. Create because it’s what your heart tells you to do. Create because you love to create. Create because you can’t live if you don’t create. Create because it’s what you do.

It’s this modern, overwhelming pressure to create for social status, praise, and riches that has eroded our potential.

The number of followers you have, the money you’ve earned and the recognition you’ve received is not indicative of your creative magic.

So please stop putting a price tag on it. Stop demanding that your creations make you rich, attract an audience, or change your life.

Try this:

Create for the sake of creating. Period.

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Social networking, creating blogs with tons of followers, and making the-big-time has filled too many of us with more dread than fulfillment.

The solution is simple. Return to the basics.

Just do it because you want to and not because anyone will Tweet it, Facebook it, or buy it.

If you create something others will pay for and share the world over, great! But what we seem to have forgotten is that such creations come from a magical place deep within us and are rarely planned and can never be forced.

Allow yourself to be inspired and let go.

Now go, create magic with your awesome self. Because you can.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Catherine North

    I love this post, Bryan. It’s true we get so caught up in craving social approval, measuring our worth in the number of likes we get, and so on. When in fact even if our writing connects with just one person, if it helps or heals us in some way, then that means everything.

    • Spiralbound

      Even if that one person is ourselves. 😉

  • samcarter44

    Excellent post! My writing has helped me so much! Even if no one else ever read it, I would still write because my writing has helped me to love the people in my life well.

  • Perfect! Write for yourself, that is the motto!

  • AnneM

    It’s so true. We will definitely lose the magic in our writing if we write for ‘the bottom
    line’. Society has become so profit, money oriented that creating for the sheer personal enjoyment of it has waned.

    I have always written. However, I never did think of making money with it until my husband read something I wrote and said, “you have to finish this and publish it! Make us rich!” Lol I laughed at the time. Later though it brought so much anxiety about my writing that I had to step back. It was work then, I worried that I would get it right and people would like it and buy it.

    I’ve now written another novel, and am finishing my second novelletta. That first work, the most promising one, is still unfinished. I think I might be able to get back to it soon and perhaps it will get published sometime. No pressure.

    I’ve gotten back to writing because it’s what I do, because I have stories in my head that need to come out onto the page. A few people have read some of my work and I usually get positive feedback, but I still write because I find enjoyment in it.

    Thanks for the post. It’s reaffirming.

  • Great points Bryan. One of the suggestions my nephew gave me was to make up a list of what success looks like for a book I was writing. I’ve done that with each of my books. Otherwise we use the wrong measuring stick. We use numbers. And numbers go up and down, they are unreliable.

  • Louisa Cornell

    Perhaps the hardest thing for a writer to remember and the easiest thing to forget. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Coryanne Hicks

    “Allow yourself to be inspired and let go.” This message couldn’t have come at a better time for me – thank you, Bryan! Lately I’ve been so overwhelmed with financial insecurity (it’s my first year after quitting my full-time job to be a writer), that I can’t sleep because I’m consumed with trying to figure out how I’m going to get people to notice me and (even more) like me. Is there anything less inspiring for a writer than desperately wanting to be liked? I get so afraid of never “succeeding” that I end up becoming the instrument of my own demise.
    Now back to writing the novel that nourishes my soul. =D Happy writing!

  • Kalyani

    This is amazing Bryan. You shared this article with me on Write to Done when i was feeling discouraged and now this has lifted me up on a good high. I am gonna create stuff for myself not becuz i want someone to share or tweet it..