In the last post we talked a lot about pacing your characters, both in building them and in implementing them into a story. In this post, we’re going to talk about your better sense of pace taking a backseat to creativity.

 Art takes time, but masterpieces take minutes.

How is it that these two concepts aren’t conflicting?

Art is a method, a pattern, a canvas for creativity that must be learned, developed, and practiced. However, a masterpiece of art is not defined primarily by the effort put into it, but rather the creativity that causes the art to break the mold. A masterpiece is how far you can stretch art and yet it still be considered art.
A friend of mine, Guy Batton, published a post several years ago called “Everyone’s an Artist”. Truly everyone is in some way because we all possess a level of creativity that manifests itself in our actions: what is art besides the manifestation of creativity?

I wasn’t always, but I’m beginning to think that I’m a believer in the principle that hidden art, or art that is kept to oneself serves no purpose. If art is the incarnation of our intangible feelings, it would be a tremendous disservice to ourselves and the world to hide that.

Why unpublished art is a waste?

Three reasons why keeping your art a secret can be fatal to any artist.

  • Art is the manifestation of our creativity.

Creative minds need to be appreciated for their work observed. It doesn’t always have to be high praise and much a claim, but creativity feeds upon confidence. Often some of the darkest forms of creativity, some of the most perverse manifestations of ingenuity, as a result of underappreciated art, or art that is kept a secret. If an artist, a true creative mind feels that their work is unnecessary, is unappreciated, and is worthless, being that their art is the incarnation of their feelings, they reflect the response to their art in their character. It can be lethal to an artist, or to their realm of influence to keep their art a secret.

  •  Concealed art or compressed art can emotionally injure an artist.

When someone cages their creativity because they feel it is unappreciated, awkward, and that they are weird because of it, they imprison their soul. The soul, the seat of emotional stature in the human body, for creativity to flourish needs to be unbound. However, and unbound soul means creativity without limits but not without limitations. There should be no end to wear your creativity can reach, yet there should be a barrier beyond which you don’t feel comfortable taking your creativity.

  • Your art is your method of influence.

Art is a way for the visionaries to influence their world. A writer speaks to his audience through his pen, a painter speak to his world through his brush; without our tools, our areas of expertise, the casts into which we were formed to fit, we have no impact. Got built creative minds to think creatively, two portray messages in ways that people could never see on their own. Creativity is a means of transporting a message to the mind past the logical. Art is your voice.

Don’t Lose Your Voice!

How can we make sure of that? Well- for me to teach a lesson on how to feed your creativity would be for me to teach you how to live. However, to allow creativity to flourish it must be pressured, challenged, or praised.

  1. Encouragement feeds ingenuity and intelligence. Why do you think babies repeat things that make people laugh. Or dogs repeat things that get them treats?
  2. Emotions drive art. Some of the greatest works of literature came from difficult times and circumstances, some of the most impressive and moving artwork was born of an internal struggle.
  3. An artist loves discussing their art. To challenge an artist you merely need to present them with an idea.

To help bring about all of these things, I’ve added a forum to this site. A gathering place for artists to discuss ideas, talk fantasy and literature, and a place for us to encourage each other in our creativity! You can find it here, or browse the menu for the site.

As always, thanks for reading.

–the anonymous novelist

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