Monday Motivation – You Can’t Do Creative Wrong

The beauty of writing (and any art) is that it’s unique to each individual. It’s about exploring what evokes emotion in us and our audience. It’s a place to discover a sense of freedom we may otherwise never get to reach in our day to day world.

Simply stated, writing is beautiful. Creating is beautiful.

But odds are good I don’t have to tell you any of that. Instead, let me tell you this.

You cannot do “creative” wrong.

The (inconvenient) truth about writers is that we’re all insecure on some level. We have to be, if we hope to tap in to what makes our characters real enough for readers to care about. And as insecure artists, sometimes it can be painfully easy to feel the effects of others’ judgment –

Folks telling us that we “can’t” use certain words. People who say the story would work better written in their voice. Those who simply don’t understand that to some writers, story crafting is far more than a business or something we quest after solely for the end product.

Despite all of the rules taught to us in High School English and in books by Big Name Authors, there is no right or wrong when it comes to creativity. All that matters is that you stay true to your vision, your story, your characters. Your ideas and your voice, those are the things that nobody can say you’re doing wrong because they are exclusively yours.

We are writers. We are artists. We get judged by people who think it’s their place in life to do so. But what it boils down to is that your story needs you as much as you need it. Your creativity is yours and it’s perfect and it’s beautiful. Keep faith in the journey!



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