A way with worlds: 29 - Why are we doing this?
by Steven Savage of Seventh Sanctum
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A few columns
ago, I wrote about "Timeline Based Writing, which works in
the following way:
It's been nearly a year
since I started "A Way With Worlds," and I figured that
for the anniversary, I'd get philosophical.
For a year, I've written
about creating worlds and populating them, on writing about them
and exploring them. You, my readers, have written and planned and
crafted and told tales in the last year.
So, why did I do it? Why do
you do it? Why are we spinning worlds and universes? What's the
Well, I've asked myself why
I write and why I write this column, and, ideally (note, ideally)
why people write and create. What is it, at the core, that
motivates us and makes us happy, what is an artist when you get
down to it?
So, without further ado, I
celebrate my sort-of-anniversary with a hideously introspective
It's been a year. I've
Creating is what I do. I imagine any artist understands
this, at heart if not in words.
Creating is human. Creating
is like breathing or eating or reproducing. Creating my column,
writing my stories, is me. Recently I took up learning how to
draw because I wanted to; it felt good, and what I could do with
it felt good (even if I'm a long way from it looking good).
Sometimes, we make writing
or art into a job, a chore, a demand. We drain it of its
naturalness, of ourselves. That's not worth it. That may produce
more "product," but its not as satisfying.
Our creativity is not
separate from us, it is us. An expression of who we are.
So if people ever tell you
you shouldn't create, or ask you to justify your creations, tell
them to justify the rain falling or the wind blowing. Those
things don't need justification, and neither do you.
I don't think I have ideas.
I think ideas have me.
Expression is great. But sharing is part of an artist's
life as well.
We're social beings, and
communicating ideas is part of that. Our creativity is something
too much fun not to share with people.
This is a difficult area -
to some, communicating art is as much fun as creating it. To
others, there are barriers in skills and personality to sharing
creations. It's not easy, and it can be frustrating. Shyness,
social position, and lack of communication skills can be a
We also fear communicating
because we're afraid of having something as intimate as our
creativity criticized. I find that when we keep in mind that
creativity is us, a part of us as real as the sky or the ground,
it's easier to communicate. People may not like what we do, and
they're welcome to live with it.
It also helps to remember
that communication is easier when we treat it as a creative
endeavor as well, when we do it and play with it and experiment
and forge new ideas. New ways to display our stories, new ways to
show art, new ways to connect.
TAKING IT ALL TOO
There is an element about creativity that's all too common and
all to ignored.
Taking things too seriously.
Of course we know of other
people who take things too seriously, can't stand criticism,
don't like some things at a psychopathic level. We know about
them. We probably wish they'd lighten up, and sometime we wish
they'd go away. We don't want to hear about what they hate or
like in minute, self-righteous detail.Next Page
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