I have a sticky note on my Droid that it is overflowing with blog post ideas and no time to do them now that the boy has decided to be clingy. Again. Just when I thought we were over it, it started up again. *sigh* But I digress...
We read to D every night. He has a fairly good collection of books (that will grow- we're a book family) and the other night for a little something different I started reading A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, one of my favorites. The other night I read one of my favorites, PUT SOMETHING IN. For those unfamiliar with the book or even just the poem here it is.
PUT SOMETHING IN
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb,
Do a loony-goony dance,
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.
It's fun and I always think that other than just silly stuff I feel like creating follows the same needs. As an artist (Photography mainly though I do draw, paint, write, etc) I think it's important to encourage each other and ourselves to create. It's good for not only our souls but others. You never know when your painting, short story, photo, sculpture, song, dance, etc may move someone or even save their lives.
I read PostSecret every week and I can't count the times I've seen something about a book series (especially Harry Potter, a favorite of mine) is credited with saving someone's life and giving them hope and that's only the people sending in postcards!! Imagine how many other people were saved by someone else's creative output. It's important to put yourself out there. Yes it can be terrifying too, I've been there a LOT but I also feel the most heartfelt creative works are the best received.
Sure, there are lots of things that you may think are terrible (I swear to cow if you use Twilight or 50 Shades as an example I will reach through this computer and punch you- stop beating a dead horse, you don't like it that's fine stop hating on those who enjoy it.) but it may have spoken to someone else and if it helped just one person isn't that what really matters?
This is one of the reasons I love NaNoWriMo. Its "literary abandon" is the appeal. Don't think (well not too hard anyway if you're a planner and not a pantser like myself), just create. Go back later and refine. Maybe it's a terrible draft but go back and edit it, make it great or even just good. If nothing else it's a learning experience you can apply to your next work.
So go! Take a chance. Write that story you jotted down some notes for. Paint it, draw it, dance, write those lyrics. If you just inspire one person, even if it's just yourself, you've done something great and Put Something In.