Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The creative responsibility of splattering blood onto the page

There’s always that moment as an artist when you’re wondering if there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to be you. If you’re the only one who feels this way. 

Because the assumption is, people won’t love you if they know this is inside of you. Whatever this is. And so, you keep it locked up. You back away from the creative responsibility of splattering blood onto the page. 

Years ago an editor friend of mine challenged me to write more confessionally and less didactically. To reveal more of my imperfections and vulnerabilities and failures. And the filter he encouraged me to use was to ask one simple question during my creative process. 

What do I risk in presenting this material? 

This question painted me into a bloody corner. It forced me to bear bravely and proudly the smear of madness, as my favorite manifesto states. It taught me that if there wasn’t a strong enough answer, the work wasn’t done yet. 

And the more I asked it, the more I realized that a truly loyal audience would be interested in my most unreasonable notions. They want nothing more that for me to give them exclusive access to the voice in my head. 

In a world where originality is the only currently, you may as well bear it. Crack yourself open and pour yourself out. Expose your nakedness and watch others rush to meet it. 

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