Tell yourself you are a writer and believe it. You’ll become a professional writer before long. I work more than an eight-hour day, and more than a five-day work week. I am always productive as a writer whether or not I am at my desk working. The ideas for work keep flowing, even if I am cleaning the bathtub. I think my goal as a writer, as I’ve said many times, is to share my work, so that others can enter into it. It isn’t just for my benefit.
An artist-neighbor of mine recently told me that his paintings help him express himself when his words fall short. I began to think about what he said. Often, a particular art piece I see in a museum doesn’t speak to me, until I try to put it into words. As a writer, words help me make sense of things.
Ultimately, all artists, both visual and writers, are idea people. We work with concepts. We want to make our art accessible to others so that they can enter into it, rather than keep what we create in a box in our closet–a lonely life, for sure.
I decided a long time ago, that as a writer, I wanted to empower my readers to think creatively. I want my art to be public, and that’s why I do poetry exhibits at major libraries. Even if I reach a reader on some level, no matter how small, I may give the reader not only ideas to be creative, but ideas on how to solve a daily problem. Critical thinking is what it is about.
People can respond to our art in different ways with their own interpretations, All interpretations are valid. Hopefully, any piece of art or writing you come into contact with, will ignite your ideas and creativity.
For example, if you write poetry, your work is visual, too. It conjures up images in people’s minds, just like the work of a visual artist does. We are not born writers. The “gift” doesn’t exist in us at birth. We learn to observe, and transmit those observations effectively to others through our writing. It is an exercise that we practice and perfect.
I hope the poetry that I write and exhibit, and the poetry that I run on this blog, just like visual art, inspires involvement from those who come into contact with it.
I think we begin to recognize that we are professional visual artists or writers when we find we think constantly about our art. That is, when you see art in everything, each waking moment. Or, you go to bed with an idea. Or you wake up during the night with an idea, or at least wake up in the morning with one or get one while you’re taking your morning shower–one that you can possibly transform into art. That’s why artists and writers keep sketch books or notepads by their beds or carry them around throughout the day.
Don’t just write. Write to share, write to have an audience, and your audience’s reactions to your work will enrich you, give you more ideas, and allow you to be the professional you want to be.
Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.