Thursday, October 15, 2009

Creating from the Inside Out



For those of you who have been asking about my book, you can order a copy now.
I’ve called it Creating from the Inside Out: Motivational Strategies for Artists & Writers.
It’s filled with inspiring quotations, mini essays on the creative process, and black and white digital collages.
Creating from the Inside Out is 177 pages: 6.5 x 6.5" and coil bound.
Each copy is $25 (Canadian) plus postage.
To order: email me at wordandimage@hotmail.com



So how do you review your own book? If I had a promotional turn of mind I’d probably come up with a list of five good reasons why you should read it. But I have to be honest. The main reason I wrote Creating from the Inside Out was because I had to.
For years I felt like I was hovering around the edges of my own creativity. I could never seem to access it with any kind of consistency, and this frustrated me. I became convinced that if I only had more—more time, more money, more talent, more opportunities, more support from the universe, more recognition from others (etc.)—then I’d be able to enter the magic kingdom/queendom of creativity and proceed full speed ahead.
I thought to myself: if there’s a system to creativity, I’m going to find out what it is and then tell everyone else. And if it turned out there wasn’t one …well, I was going to invent my own!
But I soon discovered that you can’t control creativity. It’s huge and it’s fluid, and all you can ever hope to do—and the only thing you should do—is to align yourself with it. You’re an individual reflection of something greater than you are, and your task is to get down to the business of expressing who you really are.
This can’t be done by wishing your circumstances were different or by waiting for ideal conditions. No. You need to act—and you need to act now. I suggest you begin by examining your thinking because the way you view the creative process will influence the action you’re likely to take—or not take, as so often happens.
Let me give you an example. Time was the first topic I tackled when I started working on my book. I’d always felt that not having enough of it was responsible for holding me back. But the more I thought about this, the more I realized I spent more time being annoyed about my lack of it than actually using what I had! I also believed that unless there were several free hours available to paint or write, there was no point in starting anything.
While it’s true we don’t ask for many of the challenges life hands out to us, we have to take responsibility for them anyway—and once I recognized it was up to me to use what time I did have wisely, things really began to open up for me.
Self-motivation is crucial to anyone who wants a happier and more fulfilled life, and it’s my hope that people who read my book will be inspired to take action towards realizing their own creative dreams. Making even small changes to the way you engage in your creative process can deliver big results down the line. I firmly believe that if I can write and illustrate a book—and have a solo art show—you can achieve what you want to do as well. You probably won’t accomplish this with Zen-like serenity and immediate results because I know I didn’t. But don’t let that hold you back. Just go for it. Not tomorrow, next week or next year but right NOW!

9 comments:

Courtney Price said...

I love this post... so true! I'm linking to you :)

azirca said...

Beautifully written. I wish that more people thought along these lines, perhaps if they did, their lives would be more in tune with their dreams. Life is indeed what you choose to make it.
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog too.

Godelieve said...

Congratulations!! Such a wonderful creation. Beautiful eye candy, and I love your inspiring writing too!

Miss Marple said...

I am struck! Your post just hit me with a hammer! I know I am still at the beginning and wishing for a lot of things to change, but I have also already experienced the wonderfull flow-feeling you get when you simply start to create, without all the thought I would normally have.
Could you tell me the shipping costs of your book to Germany?
Maybe your book can help me to go a bit further on my way...
- Irma

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Wonderful!! Must have a copy.

me again said...

Beautiful post and beautiful book. I look through it often :-)
==lennie==

Kristeena Crabb said...

This post itself is wonderfully motivational. I hope to be able to order a copy of the book soon.

nancy said...

no excuses!!!
just do it!
i love your book
so inspiring and motivating,
a "must read" for everyone
everyday!

Beth Barany said...

I am so happy for you, and proud of you too, for getting your book out there! I know what a challenge it was. Your confidence in yourself is a beautiful thing. I am inspired! I am ready to shout to the rooftops what a wonderful thing you did -- creating your book. I know that if more people trusted themselves like you did we'd have even more creative works out in the world.