Thursday, July 22, 2010
So You Think You're Talented
It's that small seed that drives me. I'll bet you've got it, too.
That seed drives me to share my work. Here's a commonly asked question that I'd like to address:
Do you write to sell or do you write only for yourself?
What a stupid question, huh? Yeah, of course you're writing to sell, or at least to share. Unless you're locking up all your manuscripts in a drawer with no intent of showing them to anyone, ever, you're writing to sell and share. And since you're writing to sell or share, you're considering an audience. And if you're considering an audience, you're shaping stories that you believe that audience might like. No? You're writing exactly what you want and how you want it and you don't care what anybody else thinks? Good for you! Write what you want and an audience will follow. You talented writer, you. Either way, you've got drive!
You know what got me to really let go and just write what I wanted to write? I made a secret blog with a separate gmail account and fake name and started posting my work just to get it out there. I thought, heck, I’m going to write what I want to write, even if it is clichéd or boring or overdone. I don’t care! So I wrote. And I wrote one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve created so far. It taught me how to let go.
True creativity comes only when you forget the world you’re living in exists. It is only you and the art. At least that’s how it is for me.
Get to that place.
And then enter our contest! Show us your talent! We want more entries! If I was going to enter a contest like this, my mind might explode with the possibilities of what I could do.
Up on my roof and there’s
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