Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. J. Abdul Kalam
No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main. John Donne
You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone. Betty Ford
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller
A lot of us have creative dreams that we dream alone. We dream of being a better painter, ceramics-er, quilter, speaker, writer. But we sit alone, dreaming these pipe dreams, afraid to bring our full potential to the forefront.
Yet when we bring out work outside the silence of our own world, amazing things happen.
Bells ring, adrenalin bubbles, and ideas explode. When we share our oh-so-private dreams with others who also have oh-so-private dreams, we find incentive, hope, and support with another living, breathing, being.
And it’s great.
I know some of the greatest writers seclude themselves, isolate themselves, and write torturous and incredible passages; painters hide in dark rooms and airy studios and create gorgeous imitations of life. But sooner or later these masterpieces need a second opinion. An idea of where to go from here. A conversation of how to get their message out there. Feedback on their thoughts and ideas.
Tonight I had hot chocolate with my bff, an incredibly talented and outgoing muse. We talked about speaking engagements and radio shows and blogs and writing contests and it was exciting. Last week I met with two other wonderfully creative and innovative muses whose creative talents lie in the worlds of animals and graphic arts. Over the weekend, a couple of fantastic scrapbookers. Everyone’s fields are different; everyone is engaged in different parts of their lives. But all of us have the desire to do more, be more, to have fun and discover what’s waiting for us right around the corner.
Some of my best friends are people I met when I was a part of the Wisconsin Writer’s Association. Friends that are writers, poets, screenwriters. I miss the camaraderie conferences brought to my life. The natural support that comes from wanting the same things everyone at the table wants. I miss the support of those who are lost in their innovational sphere like I am.
When I get together with other creative spirits, something magical happens. It’s the opposite of what you first envision. Your thoughts clarify. You are free to boast about your accomplishments without feeling self conscious. You share thoughts on how to get your message across. What works, what doesn’t. What’s reasonable and what’s ridiculous.
Blogs are wonderful tools for communication, too. There are thousands of writers out there — thousands of abstract artists and thousands of jewelry makers and thousands of animal whisperers. Sometimes when you see the sheer numbers of those wanting what you want, it can be overwhelming, making you want to throw in the towel.
The numbers don’t matter. All that matters is that somewhere in the Internet world are others who are going through just what you are going through. You can’t be friends with them all. But you can connect with a talented few who are willing to take you along on their ride, and who want to ride along with you. People who laugh and encourage and feel just like you.
Don’t be afraid to dream and to encourage others to dream too. There is always so much room to grow. And nothing is more fun than growing along with others.
Make room on your island!
8 thoughts on “Share Your Island”
The beauty of being creative is that you can make up your own words, too! In my latest novel I also cooned astralologer and brandybrook! Go for it!
I enjoy sharing my dreams and ideas with others. I am often so amazed at the synchronicities and serendipities that follow!
@ ceramics-er hahaha!
One side of my ego peeks at the “numbers”; the other side says it really doesn’t matter. Which it doesn’t. If I love what I write and enjoy what others write (like you), thats enough to keep me going strong!
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I try to focus on consistency instead of numbers. Now that in itself is questionable because consistency leads to the question, Consistency in what? content? theme? posting frequency?
Great topic Claudia. Did you file this under encouragement?
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I so agree! And the most important follower should be me/you! The whole point of writing (or any other craft) is that you LOVE doing it! Never forget it.
Best not to be preoccupied with the stats. They can really drag a writer away from what she’s really passionate about…writing. Readers are important. However, a few solid ones are more preferable than visitors only interested in numbers…
Its friends like you that make me feel good about following my calling. Am so glad I found you!
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Great piece Claudia. We all suffer fear of failure or rejection but if you follow your creative heart to satisfy your own needs and put it out there just for the hell of it, you’ll be surprised how many kindred spirits jump on board, find a cerebral connection. This is particularly true of women of a certain age who are not held back by convention or expectations. Time may constrain me from commenting about each piece you write, but you’ve gotta know I read, relate to and appreciate them all…