TELL YOUR STORY: HOW TO CREATE?
So, if you’ve decided to tell your story, how do you go about doing it?
How do you go about writing, or sculpting or filming or whatever it is you’re going to do – to write your story — How do you go about doing that?
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Well, the truth is – there is no right or wrong way to do things. But I will say this – especially as a writer – I always think about when I danced. I was an amazing dancer. It’s something I was born with as a kid. And I loved to dance. I was passionate about it.
I can remember people who would come up to me and try to copy me. And they would always look the most awkward and the weirdest — because they were trying to copy something that I was doing. They were complimenting me — they were saying, “oh you’re such a great dancer I want to be just like you.”
So that was a very flattering thing — but they always looked out of place – out of sorts.
The people that looked the best, the people that I always admired, were the people that got up and danced any way. They did it their own way. It didn’t matter if they were in rhythm or if they were out-of-sorts, or if they were just doing these strange and interesting hand movements and their feet were all awkward — I always loved this ability to be an individual. And to be dynamic. And willing to just do it your own way. They will always the happiest dancers, the best dancers and everyone was paying attention to them.
That’s what I think the creative process is like.
That’s why I think — whatever it is you choose to do to tell your story — however you choose to do that is going to be right if you do it from your own inner place of joy and happiness.
Now that doesn’t mean there isn’t some technique involved. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some better ways to do things – but you know, that’s what an editor is for. When it comes to writing…when I started writing, I just wrote and I let it all come out. And then I let the story mold itself. And I figured out ways to thread things through so that the story would have “connection”. But at the end of the day I still had somebody else read it. I had an editor go through it — and that person goes in and looks at it and says, “Hey you know what? This is a great idea…” or “This works here and here, but this doesn’t make sense…”.
So don’t worry about all that stuff afterwards.
Just sit down and sculpt whatever you’re going to sculpt. Do it however you going to do it. All that other stuff will come through. All the other possibilities to kind of refine it and touch it up or fix it — so that your voice can be heard the way in which you intend. We’ll get there — you’ll get there after you have that base part. Because I have to tell you, all those people that danced the way that they wanted to dance they were feeling the music! They were in joy! They were happiness! And afterwards, they were the people I wanted to talk to. They were the people I wanted to learn from. And it has nothing to do with dancing, and everything with being an individual and being unique and being strong and having courage. And to me, that’s what the creative process is. It’s all about us finding that inner strength, that inner courage, that inner love, that inner joy — and sharing it with the world.
Because at the end of the day, I feel like that’s what we’re here to do. To share the best parts of who we are with everyone and hopefully along the way that will help someone else too!
As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a sweet day and I’ll be back again soon.