This week's post is for all of the artists out there. The ones who strive to express. The ones who long to create.
And the ones who find it to be a frustrating endeavor.
When I begin to create something - whether that be in writing, music, or filmmaking - I usually find that I have the same two expectations. The first is that I want to have the finished product as soon as I possibly can. I want it done right away. The second is that I want to see immediate reactions from others.
The truth is, this never happens and I'm still learning to live with it.
The creative process is exactly that, a process. It isn't a one step action. It takes time, it takes effort, it takes patience. That process may take hours, it may take, days, it may even take years. You're just going to have to deal with it.
Keep working at it though. Your vision will never be complete unless you actually put the time and effort in that is needed to make it a reality.
I found myself a bit frustrated this week with my book. It's been a grueling process that can't be compared to any other project I've worked on. Someone asked me when it was going to be finished and I wanted to have an answer for them, but I didn't. If there is a prime example of a creative process that takes time, it's writing a book (especially if you've never done so before). The goal is 55,000 words and I'm at 3,400. I've been writing for about a month so you do the math. With the exception of my first EP, this is going to be the longest creative process I've ever taken on. However, I know that there will be a payoff.
There always is, even if it's not immediately obvious.
Art should never be created for the sole purpose of pleasing or impressing another person, but when somebody is effected by something I've made, I'm always grateful for it. It's funny though, I've been creating for years and it wasn't until recently that I began to notice others telling me of how they have been moved by my work. Some have found my music to be insightful and others have found my film work to be moving. Someone even told me that something I wrote made them cry.
It's moments like these that make the frustrating creative process worth it. Not because somebody else was impressed by what I did or because I brought some sort of attention to myself.
It's because the art itself moved someone in a way nothing else could.
So don't be discouraged. Be patient with what you're working on. Odds are, if you put in just the right amount of work, there will be some sort of payoff whether you see it or not.