Honesty and creativity are linked.
All linked in this fight for creative independence and freedom.
In fact, all the lessons on The MicroRead are linked, that’s just how life works. Kinda like those multivitamins you take, the all in one pills, you can’t help but take more than one vitamin if you swallow the whole pill. So, sometimes, I can get away with writing three lessons in one. Don’t question it. Accept it and read on.
Whenever I write consistently*, creatively* and honestly*, something amazing happens to my general productivity and positive energy. It heightens.
Hands up if you think I sound a little like Sybill Trelawney, Hogwarts Professor of Divination. I think I’m beginning too… and I even look a little like her right now. Let’s keep that to ourselves, please.
For me, I can’t have creativity without honesty. I could write a lesson every day, simply to grow a following, make money off of ads, re-write self-help books and shove e-books down your throats but there’s nothing honest in that.
I could write like how my college teachers would have preferred, without the geeky references and conversational undertones but there’s no honesty in that either.
What could I possibly learn every day about life that warrants it as a lesson? So, honesty became a lesson that I think many of us should hold dear.
My intentions are clear. With everything I have in life, this is the one place I come to teach myself, the future me and the future you’s, what’s important and what’s not-so-important. I create everything with the intention of being honest. If I feel it then darn, it’s happening BUT if my intention to create art isn’t honest, well then where’s the honour in that? I write this more for me than for you but I’m here to share. That’s the honesty part done.
Now, the creativity bit.
I write poems, short stories and draw every free moment I can get, even if there’s no “potential” in the art. Now, I’m going to be clear, I’m not great at drawing and I wouldn’t dream of publishing my art but that doesn’t mean I should stop. It makes me feel good and it inspires me the same way a piece of music would, or a nice smelling book (yes, I just said, “nice smelling book”). This is my way of perfecting my art. This is how I make sure I create honestly*. In essence, this is my way of perfecting me. This lesson is me telling you, that it’s ok if you can’t categorise your work, add a tag, or explain exactly what your art is. As long as it’s honest.
If you create something real and honest, no matter if you completely understand it or not, people will be drawn to you, like moths to neon lights. They’ll recognise the honesty. They’ll appreciate the art and you’ll be so much closer to winning your personal fight for creative independence and freedom, so much closer than you ever imagined.
Live honest. Create honest.
*I think Stephen King chokes a little, every time someone uses an adverb…for that, I am sorry. For those who don’t understand my joke… read Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft” and you’ll understand).
With a friendly nudge in the right direction,