Ever feel as though your goals are unobtainable? Impossible, even? Because, same. Here’s me, a woman who has spoken live to tens of people during writers workshops about believing in the creative process, about setting boundaries and chucking restrictions and excuses right out the window. And yet I’m still not reaching my goals. The trouble is, I rarely take my own advice. I know I’m a creative type. I know I want to write and I know I can hone the craft of those words, if only I surpass the hurdles of fear and procrastination.
Back when I was in primary school, I knew I had bags of creativity, I loved to draw and write stories, even creating mini comics and magazines and whole characters with personalities. By the time I was starting secondary school I wrote endless poetry and was sure I wanted to be a journalist, and then life happened, and I gave up on going to college. Regretfully, I didn’t put the work in.
Similarly to when I quit my job to write a novel in 2019 (it wasn’t the only reason I quit, but it was the goal) That was two years ago and I’ve written 45,000 words that after an edit will probably look more like 4000 words. I am a person who is full of inspiration, but lacks the the discipline and commitment, and certainly lacks the self confidence needed to see a project through to completion.
It’s time to let go of what’s holding me back. Find some self belief and reach those goals.
Here is a list of some of my favourite quotes, by some of my favourite creators, artists and writers, all of whom are women I greatly admire. Today I sought out these quotes to give me the kick up the ass that’s needed to get words on the page. To regain some focus. I hope whatever might be blocking you, is made looser after reading these too.
‘When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.’ ~ Lady Gaga
‘The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’~ Sylvia Plath
‘And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest — as politely as you possibly can — that they go and make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.’ ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ ~ Maya Angelou
‘Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.’ ~ Yoko Ono
’What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength’ ~ Meryl Streep
‘Every woman has the power to seduce the world with her uniqueness, passion and creativity.’ ~ Donna Karen
‘There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish.’ ~ Michelle Obama
‘Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.’ ~ Brenda Ueland
And a little footnote from me….
‘Don’t waste opportunity by sitting around worrying about if you’re good enough, get out there and enjoy being average.’ ~ Steph Cullen