” If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.”

Emile Zola, artist

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In the 1800’s, Emile Zola, a French romance novelist, lived vociferously. Proclaiming his beliefs through his work, he had his detractors, yet he was a prolific and successful author, playwright, journalist, and amateur photographer.  Theatrical naturalism – the real life settings, characters and dialogue, devoid of flamboyance – was his chosen genre for his plays.

Learn about his life in more detail HERE.

Zola was a driving force in the “political liberation of France” and in defending at least one man, Alfred Dreyfus, wrongly accused of treason. Zola wrote a letter, published on the front page of Paris’ local newspaper. “J’Accuse…! (I accuse…!) Letter to the President of the Republic”.

According to Wikipedia, “Zola’s 1898 article is widely marked in France as the most prominent manifestation of the new power of the intellectuals (writers, artists, academicians) in shaping public opinion, the media and the state.”

This was Emile Zola’s method

of keeping his promise to the world to

“LIVE OUT LOUD”.

Is it counter-intuitive to believe a Creative could be comfortable living out loud? Maybe. Many artists of all types are introverts. The desire to run away from an opportunity to sell your work might be overwhelming. And an artist’s greatest struggle is sometimes quieting the internal voice saying, “you’re just not good enough”. The rewards of braving the encounter with a client/customer are great despite the sweaty armpits.

What does your discomfort look like?

Is it like:

  • impossible to sit still
  • butterflies fluttering in your chest
  • moist palms and armpits
  • pacing and mumbling affirmations
  • or do you wish to run in the opposite direction, away from your fear?

You are not alone.

The most experienced artists feel uncomfortable every time they choose to share their work.

Sharing your work connects you to your people who will appreciate, imitate and share your story and your work further.

The effect of creative work ripples throughout the world bringing smiles, inspiration, comfort, lessons and more positive outlooks. Sharing your work with the world serves you and your audience.

You do this by:

  • entering your original design handmade quilt in your state fair competition
  • convincing a regional grocery store chain that its customers want to see your organic loganberry preserves on their shelves
  • waking at five o’clock every morning to write another poem to include in a group anthology before you head off to work
  • setting your toddler up with her own set of finger paints and a wall to decorate while you use one of your many ideas to paint your own kind of masterpiece to show in the local gallery
  • driving two hours, early on a Saturday morning, to the mountains to capture the perfect moment as a female wolf teaches her growing pup to hunt insects and small rodents that you will later share on your YouTube channel

Didn’t your mom tell you not to hide your light under a bushel?

It’s time to heed her advice.

xoxo Marcia

How do you let your light shine? What part of ‘creating’ makes you uncomfortable? Please share.

 

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What is a Creative?

A Creative is one who may wear one or more of many different hats – painter, writer, sculptor, musician, teacher, business person, furniture refurbisher, mixed media creator, or choreographer, for example.

The Creative is a bit different from others in the way she views the world and doesn’t fit in any particular box. People who experience her craft are influenced by her talent.

A Creative is a maker of art.

And the Creative Warrior?

When you read the word ‘warrior’, did an image of a man or woman wearing a military uniform or even animal skins, carrying a gun or other weapons, pop into your head?

That is one manifestation of a warrior.

A Warrior is anyone who has clear intent of purpose. One path has been chosen and will be faithfully followed via determination. She may stumble or fall from time to time but, over time, new territory will be conquered and the warrior will be victorious.

The Creative Warrior designs his life around creating art. That may mean getting up an hour earlier or going to bed an hour later than usual in order to fit in time, outside the usual responsibilities, to create. Freeing himself of perceived limitations.

She works to maintain a high level of creativity and productiveness. Yet, she’s not concerned about the profit of creating art. She’ll dance because she loves to dance; she’ll capture an image because photographing children or nature soothes her soul.

A Creative Warrior will look for ways to share his art with the world. When people encounter art of any kind, their world grows in that moment. They now may experience something familiar with a deeper understanding or, it may simply bring a smile to their faces on a difficult day.

 

So, how do you become a Creative Warrior?

  1. Consider what creative outlet suits you. Maybe it’s screen writing, learning to play an instrument, quilting, abstract painting, creating a course to teach what you know, or becoming a life coach. The possibilities are endless. What is it that gives you that tingle of excitement?
  2. Decide whether you want to develop a business from your creative ideas or will this be the balm to soothe your soul after the workweek is done?
  3. If you  choose to build a creative business and currently have a job, keep it while you develop your creative endeavor. Knowing you can continue to take care of your family and home will allow you to be comfortable taking the leap into your new calling.
  4. Dedicate time for crafting your new pursuit. Maybe you’ll get up an hour earlier than usual or work later in the evening. Weekends may be more flexible and you can schedule more time. Sticking to a schedule will ensure you make progress and, knowing what exactly you need to accomplish in each time slot, helps to make the best use of your time whether it be 30 minutes or several hours.
  5. Recognize when you need help with your chosen path. Take online classes or find a group locally that meets to give lessons, toss ideas, offer critiques and advice. Books on your topic can be helpful in a pinch.
  6. Share your journey of discovery and development with your peers, whether online or face-to-face. Your mistakes are just as valuable as your successes, in order to help others learn or to commiserate and celebrate.

 

Now What?

Stop back here often. If you need a bit of creative inspiration, some artsy deliciousness to learn or, an image or story to put a smile in your heart and on your face, I’ll be here to share with you.

Check my Pinterest boards for lots of creative ideas. While you’re there, click the follow button if you like what you see.

I’d love it if you shared whatever art you may be longing to learn, currently creating, or teaching.

Do you consider yourself a Creative? If not, would you like to be? If so, what form does your creativity take and does it light up your soul?