Don’t Hide Your Work From The World

I know a fair amount of writers. By that I don’t necessarily mean that these people write books, but they write. They’re a mix of journalists, passionate writers, bloggers, novelists and editors. It doesn’t really matter what the objective is. They’re writers. It’s as simple as that.

One of the most common problems I’ve found among said writers is a vice that to some degree many of us have buried down somewhere. It’s the fear of having our work exposed, critiqued, ridiculed or torn down by an outside party. It’s the vulnerability we face by putting our writing out there and having its fate rest in the hands of its beholders. It’s the fear of what you do and love to do leaving the safety of your mind. It’s the fear of judgement day.

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You’re Not Stupid, You’re Just Lazy

You’re not stupid. Well, you could be. I don’t quite know for sure. But you’re probably not. I’m willing to wager that you’re just ignorant of a few things as a direct result of being lazy. Don’t worry, we all can be lazy and ignorant about things. What you should actually worry about is that you can do something about it, but you’re choosing not to.

You see we live in an age where people are able to get information faster than McDonalds hands you plastic burgers, yet some of us are still too lazy to make any use of it.

Even when we know that we should, and can easily do so.

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Attitude Is Everything

The complexities and struggles of life often cause us to make excuses for ourselves or form a narrative to cushion reality. As a result many of us wrongfully search for short-term fixes or distractions to our problems, or convince ourselves that something will somehow make us happy or fulfil us. More than that many of us rely on these volatile and fleeting things to motivate or push us, but time erodes the emotions that come with them and we soon sink back into old habits.

How exactly do we change if we’re such poor victims of our own programming?

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Artists, Be Rid Of Your Fear Of Judgment

We all want to be liked by others, or perhaps more accurately we’d all like some kind of validation from other people. Whether or not you care much for other people, it’s almost an inherent desire that we want to be noticed. Yet, contradictory to that notion for many is that some are afraid of being noticed, nine times out of ten because there is a fear of being judged or ridiculed by other voices. As a person, let alone an artist, this is a dangerous barrier to not only personal growth, but to expressing yourself freely. And it’s my belief that as an artist you absolutely cannot stand to be afraid of judgment or let the feelings and whims of others dictate your desire to express your art.

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Maybe Commerce Dulls Critical Thinking

Whether you’re part of the working world or still a student, no sane person can argue that critical thinking, or at the very least the capability for individual thought, is not of vital importance. Beyer (1995) refers to critical thinking as making clear, reasoned judgements, and most definitions you find will be somewhat along these lines. Unless you’re pursuing an academic definition from a source such as The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. Yes that’s a real thing, as I’ve discovered prior to writing this. Individual thought on the other hand can be seen as the ability to make up your own mind and reason for yourself, and not just follow the bandwagon. To many these skills are obvious necessities, but it never ceases to amuse me whenever I notice their clear absence in everyday life.

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How Poetry Can Improve Creative Flow

I’ve always had a deep love for rhyming. Ask anyone I’m close to and they’d confirm that when I’m in the mood I can go off on rhyming tangents that last minutes, often packed with silliness. When I was really small I used to write poems or little limericks for my parents on their birthdays. As I grew older I privately tried my hand at song writing and eventually poetry, some of which featured in one of my first — and currently shelved — books, Darklight, which is a supernatural story I plan on revisiting some day. It’s tricky to explain in words, which is funny to say as an actual writer, but there’s a creative purity, or unique flow, to poetry that truly can help unlock any closed gates in your mind when searching for some consistency in your art.

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The Power Music Has To Inspire Your Writing

Writing, or any art for that matter, is an extremely personal thing, and by extension every creator has their own methods to their madness. Some people, like my brother for instance, require silence in order to write. Others enjoy the tranquillity of some nice scenery. There are those who perhaps need to talk to themselves as they perform their art. Often these methods can mix and match depending on the person and their mood, since there’s no right way to do it. I mean, some people study using mind maps and pretty pictures, and I for one can’t get on with that. There’s another method I personally use to inspire my writing when the piece in progress needs a little extra kick, and it’s to do with the power music has to inspire art.

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