Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary

Creative Life Truths: Fear is Necessary — Write RightAs a writer or artist, ruts come easily. The finished product may be good, excellent even, but it falls within acceptable limits. As an example: my poetry. My standard style employs short lines and couplets. I like it; it gives room for invention. However, it quickly becomes “du jour”—in graduate school, people could identify my poems by the lines, no name or signature required. The form grew restrictive, definitive.

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Creative Life Truths: You’ll Never be Great until You Can be Vulnerable

Creative Life Truths: You’ll Never be Great until You Can be Vulnerable — Write RightPeter Parker’s uncle tells him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” For creative people, the saying goes more like this: “With great talent comes great vulnerability.” Vulnerability, though, is uncomfortable, perhaps explaining why people — including me — try to skirt it.

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Creative Life Truths: No One’s Born with Creativity

Creative Life Truths: No One’s Born with Creativity — Write RightWe sometimes view people as their end results, believing they’re born with innate creativity or genius. Take Mozart as an example. We think of him as a musical prodigy. However, someone encouraged him to take a seat at the piano for the first time. Some person urged him to embrace the talent entrusted to him. We think he possessed innate creativity, and maybe he did, but someone helped him release it.

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