Art Is Burning

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Recently I've begun writing a bit more again. But you know how your head is running over with ideas and images of what you want to portray, but your words just don't fit? They don't capture what you want, and you end up staring at your computer for the longest time, typing a few words at a time, pulling teeth to get your meaning across. I've been struggling with this, because I haven't written often enough this school year. I'm a bit out of practice. It's painful for the process and its painful for my pride, to be honest.
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The word "passion" in Latin means "to suffer". You have to get past that initial struggle of starting on your work - whatever that may be, a novel, a painting, an app; fill in the blank - but you also have to get past the second, third, fourth, fifth and five-hundredth struggle that will follow. They will follow, and head's up: the struggles are not actually going to stop. The hope is rather that, whatever you create, at the end of the day, will be worth it to you.

For me, that's blogging, that's writing Psithurism. It's worth the extra hours every week to produce something I'm proud of and add to the community. It's worth the extra hours writing, even when I only walk away with a few hundred words, to know that I'm working towards creating literature to be remembered, to make an impact. For you, it might be something else - or it might be blogging as well (and in that case welcome!). And I'm sure you've heard that there will be an initial "bump" to get past, because everyone knows that, and everyone's told you that. So yes, of course, get past Bump #1. But don't think you're going to be done with the struggles there.

At every step of the creative process, there will be hurdles. And they will not all be the same.

But whatever you do, don't allow yourself to be cut off because of a bump in the road, or several hundred bumps in the road. I disagree with the idea of just getting past "that first bump": there are more than one, and no matter how experienced you may be in your field, you'll never be to the point where you can't learn more, can't improve, can't struggle with a new complexity. That is the nature of art. We struggle and we work and we're always attempting to reach farther and for our work to grow deeper, and that is what makes it art: life from the ashes.

Here's to the phoenix-creators. We crash and we burn and we get back up no matter how many times it happens. 


  1. Thanks for the encouragement! As a new writer it helps to know that you're not they only one having trouble!


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