God Bless the Creative
God Bless the Creative
Those of us who want to be creative arise each morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to remake the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
The great thing about mud is that it comes off so easily; and presto, the mud that cakes on our wings, weighing our spirits down, requires spiritual water to remove it. Seek out God and his angels to help you wash away the ordinary in you.
I imagine most of us hope at the end of the day we have accessed the angelic realm for enough inspiration to stir the fire in our souls. To create anything wonderful, we must first be inspired; the inspiration is the most important component of greatness.
Most of us believe the purpose of life, after all, is to enjoy a life of purpose. If you asked any creative person like a writer or artist where the art resides, I’d imagine most would say it resides in the maker, in the artwork, and in the viewer.
When writers and artists have an itch to begin a project, we look around to fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. To do this we have to have faith that we were divinely blessed with the curiosity of a cat and the arrogance of a hungry lion. We must remember faith is there, even when we can’t see it or feel it; if we want it to be there.
If we live our lives with the desire to improve our world, our teachings will raise the vibrations of all that become our audience. David Bazan, author, and singer of the popular song, God Bless this Mess, is one of those teachers that enjoys giving us ideas to inspire the creative process:
- Reading poetry will make you a better writer.
- Every writer’s unique voice is the result of cumulative experience.
- When you’re blocked, put other narrative voices in your head by reading or listening to someone else.
- For your first drafts, don’t worry about form or correctness. Don’t edit as you write. Just get everything all out on paper in one giant mess, and then revise later. Remember, you’re always in the middle of your creative process, even when you’re not writing.
- Experiment with different points of view in your writing.
There are three questions all writers and artists must ask themselves once their work is finished…What was I trying to achieve? Did I succeed? Was my art worth doing? There’s little reward in easy perfection with little or no challenge. Some say there is no such thing as good art or bad art; either you make art or you don’t. Either you sing or you can’t.
I don’t think any artist wants to die with the music still in him. By the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Says Sylvia Plath.