I’ve been re-reading Big Magic lately (for the 5th time) and every read through I get struck by some new sentence or thought that I somehow missed the first time around. (Even though it seems like every single word in my copy is underlined or highlighted.)
“Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
The above quote has gotten me thinking. And by thinking, I mean, writing. (I don’t often do one without the other.)
.:: Declaring Your Intent ::.
What IS your creative intent? What are you trying to DO, exactly? Are you trying to build a career or a side business? Is your creative work a hobby for you? If so, how does it make you feel when you practice it? What are you escaping from when you pick up that pen/ guitar/ camera?
Why do you want to have a hobby versus a creative career? (And vice versa!) What are the benefits?
Can you add to your creative work in any way? For example, if you are a blogger who focuses mainly on writing, can you add some photography into the mix? Likewise, if you are a photographer, maybe adding words to your photos, however you display them, can take things next level.
.:: Defending Your Creativity ::.
Have you ever felt the need to defend your creativity? To who? How did you stand up for your work? How did you feel after? Strong and empowered? Or like you didn’t defend enough, didn’t speak loud enough?
I’m posing all the questions here that I am asking myself. Spend some time with a notebook today and answer a few of them yourself, if that’s your thing. That’s what I plan on doing. Write a blog post based around your answer. Write a song. Play your feelings out loud. Capture the shot of how you feel. Declare your intent, any way you can. Defend yourself.
(And then get your hands on a copy of Big Magic and change your life.)
– – Brittany Forbes
Brittany writes in Canadian, loves in English, and dreams in French. She writes about travels and various other journeys over at Letters To Rayelle.