This is the fourth and final post in the just do it series, which aims to help you harness your creativity by making it a part of your life – to help your blog grow.
Blogging and sustaining a creative momentum
“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues” – Duke Ellington
Some days the stark white screen or page, stares back at you, taunting you almost bully-like so you think you’re a bit of alright then. Words cease to flow and your fingers lay dormant.
While I was writing, rewriting and rewriting that paragraph the muscles around my forehead contracted, my breathing became shallow. I was experiencing the energy of the pout. It was hard to blast through the pout and start writing. It has taken years of practice to do so. Gathering up that raw energy and directing it into writing takes as much practice as it does to be able to produce a powerful ace shot on the tennis court.
Chuck Close, a famous artist who understands the mechanics of creativity said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” This quote is now used to inspire people to join the 100 Days Project by making a commitment to incorporate creativity into their daily life.
“We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves from having slipped creative work in between their domestic chores and obligations I’m not sure we deserve such big A-pulses for that.” -Toni Morrison
Showing up to work, or as writers say showing up to the page each day, may sound daunting. Julia Cameron, creator of The Artist Way (a program designed to demystify the creative process), explains: “Creativity requires action.” Action is making creativity part of your daily life.
It is when we are ambivalent that those dreams dwindle eventually like a candle flame burning itself out. Woody Allen explains: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” As the organizers of the 100 Days project state: “why not give yourself an eighty percent head start?”
Blogging like writing can be a solitary existence
One of the best ways to find support is to join a community of like-minded people. The New Zealand Bloggers Network holds monthly meetings where you can share issues and learn how to overcome them, make new friends who will support your journey, and learn more about blogging from your peers and experts alike.
Each pathway to “just doing it” and starting a blog will be different
Julia Cameron believes “when we are on our right path, we have surefootedness.” Our vision starts to become a reality with greater ease.
The late, great mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote: “ Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.”
Words that embody the sentiment of just do it.
Missed the first three of the series? Head on to:
Part 1 – Naming your Blog