(Note: I am posting this now, since I noticed that three people have already viewed the blog, obviously to see what new material I have posted today. Unfortunately, I was working at the bookstore all day today. I know, I know…that is NO excuse. So, I am posting this excerpt from my old blog right now. I will still post my new material on editing today. I am also in talks with my mentor (Bill Guthrie), to begin adding fresh material about writing very soon to this blog, UNDER HIS NAME. Bill was a journalist for over 40 years. At one point in his career, he was one of the editors of the Las Vegas Review Journal. Bill is expecting to release his new book, “The Boy Who Met the Babe” very soon. When that occurs, I would like to focus on other material that I have been just itching to discuss.) In the meantime, this excerpt was when I was hosting a writing group, here in Las Vegas, almost 6 years ago. I have gone to the trouble to add links to this post that you can follow, that were not part of the original work, so many years ago. I personally recommend that you follow the links that I have provided, in that many of them are excellent references for creative intellectuals that many of us chose as mentors long ago. The other sites that I linked, I felt are pretty darn cool, when looking for insight into hobbies or future creative businesses that you may be interested in pursuing one day.
Survival as a Creative Soul
The Tough Reality of Creativity
It takes a lot of belief in yourself, and your ability to weather homelessness, poverty, and even loneliness while you market your wares as an artist. It makes no difference whether you are a photographer, writer, painter, dancer, podcaster, singer, actor, actress, or whatever. Life is tough if you are determined to chase your creative side. You must have income (either stashed away, or established as retirement) to support yourself or you will go hungry.
The bottom line is: How far you are willing to look to find your muse?
Are you good enough to find your niche as a writer, singer, dancer, actor, etc.? That is the question, isn’t it? Are you good enough? I meet very talented people every day. Some decide only to pursue their talent as a hobby, others finally give in to the storm of emotion that wells up from their heart to make the change from average working stiff to artist.
We all have our reasons.
I am so very proud to say that our very own Darcy is now actively writing for Suite 101, and getting paid for her efforts, while still pursuing other lucrative writing assignments. Stan is also getting his next poetry book published by a publisher — perhaps as a textbook. I myself, am now involved in talking to an agent regarding my forthcoming series, which could be very lucrative for me as well. But, only time will tell.
I have two quotes in closing.
The first from Pierre-Auguste Renoir himself, “The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is how the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth, which sweeps you along in his passion.” The second from Isaac Asimov, “I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die. “ If life is your art, then live it until you can’t.