A few years ago I wrote a 300 page manuscript about enchanted fairytales. I wasn’t painting at the time. In fact, I hadn’t painted in years.
All of my artwork from college had ended up in the basement. I didn’t see any point in painting anymore if I couldn’t do it full-time. I locked away that part of myself.
Yet my creativity bubbled inside. So I started writing my novel.
I’d been working full-time in an office as a web developer when I finished the first draft. I was one of fourteen writers accepted into a writing workshop on the east coast. Afterwards, I flew out to Washington DC to meet with my ideal literary agent.
But then I stopped.
My creative spirit felt paralyzed from all of the writing critiques and criticism. I’d been told (more than once) that my voice was too different. Soon I convinced myself that meant the story inside my heart just wasn’t right.
As a result, I’d written a novel that wasn’t truely of my spirit. I stopped myself from letting my own soul fly… and I completely burned out.
To get my spirit back, I returned to what I loved most as a child – spreading my art supplies out in front of me on a blanket in the backyard and playing (whether it was fingerpainting, cutting out outfits from paper, or coloring… I loved anything creative).
I still had my little red plastic lunchbox filled with Crayola crayons. I bought a few of the giant Masonite boards that I loved painting on in college and took everything outside, spread it out in the grass and painted for the first time in ages. I had so much fun (I just couldn’t stop).
That’s what started all of my whimsical paintings and blossomed into a career and business I love.
Now, little by little, I’ve come back to writing my fairytale novel. Often times, just remembering that it doesn’t need to be perfect, helps me to follow my own instincts, so I can feel free and let my true beauty shine.
Following your dreams and being a full-time artist doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or impossible — you’ll learn, step by step, how I’ve grown and currently run my creative business and life as a full-time artist in my Business For Creatives online workshop.