I’m a writer. It took me a long time to say that. To admit it to myself. But this simple affirmation in my mind has pretty much changed the way I do things.
It’s my belief, that you are whatever you want to be…the MOMENT you say you are. I believe that. I also think it’s important.
You’re taking command of your own destiny. You’re no longer a passive player in the events around you.
You’re in the driving seat.
I’m a writer AND a “storyteller” too. Maybe these titles are self proclaimed but you see – it NEEDS to be. These titles transcend the different media forms – that’s the great thing with art. I sometimes see myself as a reborn caveman scrawling fables on the walls of a dark dingy cave. It’s not normal but hey.
It reminds me that I can do anything I set my mind to. That my goal is not to sell a thousand books or make a million dollars. It’s to create. That’s it. Just create.
For me- it’s empowering. As long as I create – the rest will work out.
I feel more of an artist now because my work comes from a part of me that isn’t dictated by outside influences.
It’s totally me – laid bare and honest. Therefore, at the same time, I’m discovering new aspects to myself I didn’t know existed. I’m digging deeper.
I’m not just a writer. I’m not just a producer. I’m not just a budding entrepreneur. These are all titles for what I do. Why I do them is a different story. I’m trying to be deep here…can you tell? 🙂
So the last few weeks I’ve been working on a variety of projects from film, to comics, to animation to novels. I’m loving it! I’m picking projects that immediately generate that ‘spark’ in my mind. A “Wooo that’s interesting” feeling from the moment I hear them.
I haven’t exactly been racking in the moola! I must state this. But it’s been the greatest month of my life in terms of creativity. I’m not doing it for the money yet – that comes later.
I’m starting projects that truly bring joy to me.
As my mindset changes, I’m seeing changes in the world around me. I’m starting to see myself gravitate towards stories, ideas and characters with MESSAGES I really want to say. That’s awesome sauce (sorry I heard that somewhere).
So, today I’m simple going to detail the top 5 creative influences I’ve discovered about myself and how they relate to me. These are all from simply observing my habits. Maybe you can do the same for yourself:
1. Motivational Videos: I can’t get enough of them. I’m watching a variety of them, but the works of Eric Thomas the Hip Hop Preacher are my favourite so far. I love the feeling of being motivated. To having a WHY to get up early and do things. They also get me pumped on a Monday when everyone else is still recovering from that back to work feeling.
What I discovered: I want to explore motivational speaking someday. Not for fun – but as a business idea. Probably online, as I feel that’s the future of television. Companies, schools and community-wise.
I realise to get there, I’d need some form of STORY myself. The STORY of my life. It’s doesn’t have to be epic…just one success, one struggle and one lesson. By making it the best I can, I’m sure I can use it to inspire others and help them create their own life story.
2. Dinosaurs: Yes – I’m still in love with them. There’s an inherent fantasy-like aspect to them that children and adults adore. They’re bigger than life. I recently wrote a children’s book entitled ‘Johnny the Dinosaur’ just for kicks. I just have to produce it and pursue it further. It’s about a glow in the dark dinosaur people!
What I discovered: Why not explore children’s books? To teach children about storytelling techniques, writing, colours, and effective speaking. And above all that – FOR FUN!
3. Science fiction – I’m a Treky. My most fond memories as a child is watching Star Trek Voyager at 6pm-645pm on BBC 2 whilst I was living in the UK (I remember!). No matter what I do, I will always be a sci-fi geek. Space. Aliens. Sub Fusion Reactors that create portals in the space time continuum. How I love techno-babble!
What I discovered: Never forget what your influences are. There’s no reason to change to suit the times. Be bold, be daring, be different, be yourself.
4. Writing: I’m writing as much as I can right now. I’ve been on a full on quest these last few months. I already have a few projects I’m sourcing for funding for and I’m exciting to get them going.
I also have 3 upcoming novels! Don’t know at this moment how they’ll turn out – but hey – I’ll start with one word at a time and see where they take me 🙂
What I discovered: I need to get better. I feel I’m a good writer. Not a great one. I need to write more, read more, learn as much as I can about the art of writing. I need to become more effective in my word-smith abilities. And then — let the story speak for itself.
5. The Internet: Yes – I admit it. I procrastinate sometimes too. HOWEVER..The Internet for me is a source of inspiration. I love visiting the websites, facebook pages, blogs and the tumblr accounts of different artists and industry professionals. My favourites are the creators of Avatarr: The Last Airbender:
I’m also thinking of starting a tumblr soon with the purpose of exploring my creativity, life and my interactions with people. Maybe even an official website.
Hopefully they’ll all link to my FB, Twitter, Blog etc and create a hub for me to reach out and accomplish all those dreams. Not just for myself but for other people too.
What I discovered: It’s ok sometimes to feel unmotivated and out of ideas. It’s normal. It’s human. Remember the thing that sets humans a part from anything else – is our ability to interact and convey our emotions in amazing ways. Sometimes in subtle and shocking ways too. To connect without physically connecting. Now I look to outside influences even more – to learn from them, to understand how they do things and to recognise when I’m doing something wrong.