Writers tend to think that when they work on their book, they’re in it alone. Writing is known to be a solitary profession where a writer locks himself in a room for hours on end hoping to make the next great American novel.
But writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. As Issac Newton said, “we stand on the shoulders of giants. Inspiration and ideas come from the work of those before us. It is the achievements of the past that breath life and inspiration to our work today.
In the act of creation, no matter how much we think it, we are never alone. Within our minds lay an inner world filled with ideas and dreams meant to be shared with the world. To unleash them we must embrace the order and chaos of creativity.
Refute the belief that you must work alone. The journey to artistic expression is one best taken with those who share your vision. Mediocrity loves company. It hides where we least expect it. Don’t fall prey to laziness, procrastination, and fear. Live to higher standards and create the work you believe in. Avoid those who fill their lives with negativity. They will destroy your art and if you’re not careful, you as well.
Storytelling, like creativity, is making connections with the art of the past. It’s taking the work from the greats before you and finding what inspires you. Originality is taking what already exists and making it your own. Creativity doesn’t happen by insulating yourself from the rest of the world.
Don’t create in seclusion. Meet new people, Travel to new places. Make creativity a social experiment driven by new and exciting possibilities. Those with the greatest achievements never worked alone. They had help along the way, whether they admit it or not.