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The Only Way You Will Ever Create Something Wonderful

It’s a funny thing, creating something that matters. Sometimes we create something that touches the many, but too often we create stuff that doesn’t seem to appeal to anyone, not even ourselves. (I’m using “we” so I don’t feel so alone.)

I’m a writer. The page is my canvas, but your creativity may have a different canvas.

Whatever canvas you use to create, I bet you want to create something wonderful, even magical – every time. I’ve finally found the answer to creating something wonderful and it’s really the only way that works.

Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris- photo by Joan Faith

Sometimes I get lucky and create something awesome, something that resonates with the many, but most of the time I’ve found myself spinning my wheels trying to figure out what others would like to read.

Too often I’ve been guessing.

When I am spinning my wheels I am at my worst – I end up writing stuff I don’t believe in and I don’t really care about.

Then there are times when I wake up in the morning, I have an idea and I simply start writing. (Early in the morning seems the best time for me. Andy Troub wrote an excellent book about it: Early To Rise: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days)

I love when that happens. I don’t care who will read it or if anyone will appreciate what I’ve got to say. None of that matters – it’s the writing that matters.

I’m fortunate in a way, because I don’t write for a living and I can take as many risks as I like. It doesn’t always have to be good or great. But don’t get me wrong, I prefer for everything I write to be great.

As it turns out, a lot of what I write sucks. Oh, I don’t mean it’s just bad – I mean real bad. Yep. That bad.

However, I’ve learned something valuable and I think it is worth sharing.

Don’t sell your soul.

You’re a creative person and therefore, you have a very special gift. Don’t blow it.

Create what you believe in, what you are passionate about and don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re creating doesn’t matter. If you care about it and you put your heart into it, then it matters.

For weeks I’ve been trying to create something my heart just wasn’t into and I got stuck.

I failed.

Frankly, I am tired of spinning my wheels. I am tired of trying to be something I am not, to measure up to some standard that I have no desire or need to aspire to.

And that’s the true failure, at least for me.

Wanting to measure up.

Trying to be something I am not, trying to achieve something I don’t need or want. I simply want to create what I care about, what I love and what feels right, for me.

Is that so wrong?

Today I realized the answer.

No. It’s not wrong.

Actually, nothing could be more right.

I am going to create what I believe in.

Nothing more and nothing less. I feel better already.

It’s the only way to truly create something wonderful, because the fact is if you don’t love what you are creating and believe in it, then it can never be wonderful or magical to you.

Are you going to join me? Create something wonderful, something you believe in. Share in the comments and if you’re a blogger consider this a challenge. So share the link in the comments when you post it, too.

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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  • Awake early as well. Yes, write what you believe in. I have been writing daily to chase the doubts away. Remember to live your dream, and unpack the cardboard box where you were storing it.  Don’t quit.


  • Bryan, as usual, your subject came at a time when I needed to hear it. I was “spinning my wheels” for a long time in writing, because I listened to what others thought I should write. Just prior to taking the tribe writers course, I took a break from blogging. I used that time to ponder and consider what I really wanted to do and that is to write fiction.

    And by the way, I seem to do my best writing in the early morning.

    Great post!

    • Taking a break can be a good thing, Joan. I think for me there’s just been too much stress with moving and working at the same time. I have some days off coming up soon and I plan to enjoy them with Joan Faith and get my head back where it belongs 🙂

  • Write on! This is a delightful and necessary message. With so much ‘how to’ stuff out there, too many writers are trying to fit into some formulas and compromising their individuality while doing it. It is refreshing to hear someone addressing that. But, as you say, it is easier for you to because you don’t write for a living. I am in that situation as well so I can write what I want the way I want.
    As writers I think many of us want to write something that resonates with people. Well, how much more satisfying if that ‘something’ came from the heart, not from a ‘formula’.

    • Ha Ms. Depression Detaway, it is funny you mention “formula” because I debated on posting this yesterday or my post about using “formulas” – however, I felt the other post would be a better follow up to this one. Stay tuned, I’ll post it later in the week.

  • annepeterson

    Loved your post. 
    I will be working on my next book and while I work on that I’ll be compiling some of my poems for booklets as well. Loving the writing. I just have to write.

  • Sylvia

    Hi! Great post. You have inspired my blog post on my website for today!
    People don’t realize they are creative in some way, shape or form.

    • Great, Sylvia! Where’s the link to your blog post? Post it here in the comments so we can check it out 🙂

  • Rick Gibbs

    Thanks for another timely post, Bryan!  I’ve been stressing a bit lately about a) being blocked and b)worried about what will resonate.  The result is a bit of a stupor.  I have found some other outlets at work for my ideas, which helps.

    • Hey, Rick, you know that’s sometimes the answer. Having other outlets so your mind can get unstuck. Sometimes we just need a break, some fresh air as it were. It will come back.

  • Thanks Bryan! Most of my writing sucks. At least that’s the way I feel about it. But it’s in me and I’ve got to get it out. It’s halting, it’s chunky, it’s difficult to read, but I’m a song writer too. Most times I have to write a song 5 times to get it close to where it needs to be. 
    When we’re getting ideas out that we’ve never heard express, it just takes a lot of time and effort. That’s when I turn to Stephen Pressfield. Becoming a master of the craft of writing is where I’m at. But I see what it means to be an artist and it’s revolutionary.

    • I think we tend to say something “sucks” when we are frustrated. As you say, keep writing.

      • Looking back, I made the change. Thanks for your wise words Bryan.

  • Wow, thanks for the kind words and most of all your honesty. IT’s something every writer deals with and continues to deal with on some level. Thx again for the kind words.

    • No problem, Andy. You’re welcome. Great book you’ve put together.

  • Hi Bryan,
    I’ve noticed the same thing – I get stuck when I’m not excited about what I’m writing. I have to either change what I’m writing, get rid of it altogether or wait to come back another time.

    • Great points, Stacy!

      1) Change what you are writing about.
      2) Get rid of it.
      3) Save, leave and come back later (days, months or years)


  • kim

    good stuff Bryan, and thanks for the ebook. good timing as I needed this today.

  • Bridget

    thanks for the book,read it last night.writing helps me deal with my emotions and whatever significant opinions i have about life.you can check out my blog at  http://iam-myownself.blogspot.com/

    • Writing helps me for the same reasons, Bridget. I read your most recent post. You write some profound stuff. You might want to consider getting a self-hosted blog and create your own domain name. You’ve got talent!

      • thanks a lot for the advice Bryan..

  • Marsha

    Thank you, Bryan for your honest approach to this post.  I have recently found something I am passionate about writing.  I am starting a new blog and tomorrow is to be my first post!  It is about creativity and mental illness.  See, a lot of people who take psych meds feel they have lost their creative mojo.  This blog is meant to explore some of those feelings, as well as how to get the mojo back.  Check out http://www.psychedtowrite.com tomorrow if you have a chance.  Currently I have the idea that started me on this path as well as a  bit of info about me.  Thanks for the post!

    • Hello Marsha, excellent topic for a blog! I think you’ll find a lot of people who agree and can relate. Good luck and I’ll check it out.

  • Agreeing that it’s so important to create what you’re passionate about! FYI – I just posted an interview I did with Andy about his book, Early to Rise. It was neat to see you mention his book here! http://www.mariaimorgan.com

    • Just listened to your intereview, Maria. Great work, both you and Andy. Keep going, you are on a roll.

  • Writing is a wonderful art, and every form of art requires creativity… and passion. Love. Putting all your heart in it. Great post!


    • Thanks, Daphnee. You have a very interesting blog yourself. “Evil Nymph” it doesn’t get much more interesting than that 🙂 Keep writing.

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  • Another excellent, inspirational post. Enjoy the day and wishing you an abundance of joy, health and prosperity, MG