“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon
As my writer friends know, a lot has to happen before an article of any sort comes into existence. First, you need an idea. An outline can work wonders for developing longer writings, creating a sort of skeleton on which to hang the meat of the article. Once the framework is in place, the article can be fleshed out, then edited. For a blog article you then look for images to compliment the content, edit again and then edit some more. But while brevity and clarity are admirable traits in most any style of writing … so is the author’s voice. The challenge I face is not to edit so much that I delete my personality entirely.
Until the launch of this blog last year, the last bit of “creative” writing I had done was my thesis statement in 2006, which was largely autobiographical in nature. Aside from that, most of my writing from 2000 – 2010 consisted of fact-filled research papers. In that format, there is little room for dashes of personal wit and sprinkles of personal anecdotes. Just the facts, ma’am. That, along with a sneaky underlying desire to remain somewhat hidden behind a a logical, “normal” facade (whatever normal is!) creates a tendency toward deleting the best of myself out of my articles. It takes courage to swing out there and lay it all on the line. I’ve not yet concluded that I am ready to be that courageous in my writing.
What is your biggest creative challenge? Do you over analyze or over think your work? Do you tend to rush it, or send it out into the world before it is ready? Or is your biggest creative challenge that you don’t challenge yourself? Or “worse” … you don’t allow yourself space to explore the creative side of you at all? We are all on this big blue spinning ball together … I’d love to hear your experiences! :-)