Someone recently allude to the reason they haven’t been writing is they felt their work wasn’t important.
But – is that why we do this? Out of some idea of importance to the world or to ourselves?
Are we not just driven to create because we are creators? Or does it lose meaning when we think our creations are not important?
As a young person, I wrote. I wrote with no thought of audience or publisher or awards. It was a drive within me, for as long as I can remember, to just write. Get it all out. Put it down on paper.
The idea of importance to the world didn’t come until later – college, in fact, when one professor said – but what is the deeper meaning?
And a student answered – maybe it was just for fun?
And she, slitting her eyes, growled, “We don’t do that.”
My writer friend always got stuck on audience. She’d start on a piece, but then she’d become stalled, staring at it for hours and rereading it and attempting to answer the question – Who is the Audience?
All these expectations stifle the creative spirit. Maybe these questions need to be answered, but I believe the answer must come after the creation.
Perhaps that is the true spirit of creation. Create first, ask questions later.
The spirit of commercialism to which we are all pulled, drawn, or lead is in opposition with the authentic need to create. For the product, we must ask the questions and then create something tailor made.
I don’t want to make products. I suck at sales. I just want to write. The writing is important to who I am as a human. Writing makes me a better human. Isn’t that important?