Creative Freedom, Freedom to Create

I love to write.  I enjoy bringing the people who live in my head out into the world to breathe life on paper or on the computer screen. I give them their lives and their personalities and I give them death, heartache and pain.

“I’m a god… I’m definitely a god. A cruel, cruel, capricious god.” (Supernatural, Season 4, Episode 18, The Monster at the End of the Book).

When I speak about Creative Freedom and the Freedom to Create, I’m speaking about making a creative life into a career life.  This is difficult for many artistic people to achieve as the “day” job is necessary for many creatives to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. And it’s not because they are poor or untalented or have no choice, it’s because it is difficult to break out and make a living as a writer in this era when everyone is writing a book and pushing for the reader’s interest, never mind a publisher’s attention. Traditional publishing isn’t the only way to get your creations into the public eye what with the advent of self publishing and tools like blogs to put your creative works out there. The difficulty is finding your audience or rather your audience finding you among the millions of talented people using the internet to get their attention. In my view this is one of the reasons why I feel it is a challenge for the creatives to make a career out of their creations.  Don`t get me wrong, I know people do it and they are happy and successful but for me, I have not been able to make that move.  Hence, the frustration that I am expressing in this post.

There are no restrictions on the freedom to create except for the restrictions that we place upon ourselves.  Whether that is a mundane necessary job, raising a family or just lacking discipline and motivation – these self-imposed restraints can be overcome.  This is a lesson I must drill into my head.  I have toyed with the idea of doing freelance work but I know I must discipline myself more before I consider that pursuit as a second job (with the goal of one day being my only job).  I write more fluidly when I have a deadline. My brain goes into automatic and I can write easily and freely, especially when it is a subject that I am passionate about. This can be fiction or nonfiction, business writing or opinionated view points. When I write to unleash the creative mind, I am in control of my universe and I feel that I have control over what is happening in my life.  There is nothing else but the people and world I have created and that I can manipulate as I like.

I admire people who have made the decision to follow the creative life as a career regardless of the difficulties which can be encountered (financial) when getting started and even as a seasoned freelance or established writer.  Writer as a job title, not a hobby played at after the sun has set and the day job has gone to rest; that is where I see myself 5 years from now.

It’s a mind-set.  I need to free my mind and I will truly find creative freedom and the freedom to create.

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