I do love the creative process of writing. It never fails to amaze me.
I also create music, films and was originally a visual orientated artist. I am familiar with almost every aspect of creativity and you name it I’ve probably tried it. I started making music and painting in my teens and went on to create light shows and kinetic sculptures in my twenties but that was always very hard work; there were no computers in those days. I always felt there was something missing. It all seemed much too laborious and difficult. It is starting to get there now and I am tempted….
But for me writing is effortless and is constantly full of surprises. I am fifty five thousand words into the third book in the Rayman series which is probably over half way through and this morning I finally learned what the book is about. That may sound odd but it is the way I work. I write using my intuition I don’t know where I’m going. It makes it very exciting. Writing suites my temperament exactly. It is great fun but I didn’t discover it until I was fifty.
The main reason I had never written was because I’m very dyslexic and right from an early age I was told that I couldn’t. The final straw came when my business partner was outraged by an email I had written to our staff. He was a writer and we only started working together because I was illustrating one of his books. That is a long and complicated story in itself but I wont go there.
He told me:
‘I couldn’t write, shouldn’t write and that if any writing was going to be done he would write it for me.’
Now this was mainly because I cannot spell and being a dyslexic some of my sentences come out a little backwards. It wasn’t the creative part of writing that was the problem it was the technical that offended. I didn’t know that but it irked me. Telling me I can’t do something is a foolish thing to do. I started writing straight away. I wanted to see if I could. That experiment became the Rayman, my first book. People like it, they tell me that all the time. The reaction of my readers has made it all worth while. I do need an editor to translate my prose into acceptable English but I can write and people tell me I do it very well.
Now why am I telling you all this. I want to show you that you can. It doesn’t matter what anybody says. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. You can. Not only that but the thing you most enjoy and really love is what you should be doing. If like me it takes you a long time to find it that really doesn’t matter.
Try everything you can. I certainly have. I know that I really don’t want to be a lorry driver, a farmer, a millionaire, homeless, a yogi, a salesman of any sort, in fashion or the music business, well any kind of business really. My list of things I’ve done is very long. I kept trying new things for a very long time and have even been successful at some of them. But now I know what I want to do and have been doing it for a while.
What is happening at the moment is soon going to give you the opportunity to do anything you want. In case you haven’t noticed the end of the hard times is crashing down all around you.
What do you want to do? If you don’t know yet then I suggest you start finding out.