Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Only Sane Way to Create...

Yesterday, in my Big Magic post, I talked about fear and creativity and how much I liked Elizabeth Gilbert's book. Today, I'd like to share this passage from the same book that will help us stay sane and continue to create. Here's from page 125:

If people enjoy what you've created, terrific. If people ignore what you've created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you've created, don't sweat it. 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 make their own fucking art.
And... I will continue making mine, thank you very much!

P/S: Embrace this paradox: "My creative expression must be the most important thing in the world to me (if I'm to live artistically), and it also must not matter at all (if I am to live sanely)."