In the last post, I talked about how I came to be an artist and told you that I was taking "Flying Lessons". Today I wanted to share a little about what has been happening with me, since I have been working through my lessons.
Two years ago, I started making jewelry and I decided that I wanted to try to sell it. My mother and I signed up for a few craft shows and I also decided I would like to sell on the internet, so I set up shop on Etsy and put some items for sale on there. In the meantime, I was finding all kinds of information on the internet, in books and wherever I could drum it up on how to run a successful creative business. They said you should start a blog. So I started a blog, but I had NO idea what to actually write about. I didn't go to school for journalism, I don't even LIKE to write, who is going to want to read what I have to say? I felt like an imposter.
Up until recently, I couldn't even refer to myself as an artist. I took art classes in high school and college, but I wasn't an "artist". I wanted to be, but I didn't give myself permission to actually use "Violet" and "artist" in the same sentence. Then one day, not too long ago I said to myself "I am an artist", very faintly and was half expecting some booming voice to say "No you are not". Then I said it again, "I AM an artist" and I liked how it sounded and the feeling I felt inside, was just bursting to get out. I thought to myself, wow, that feels great!
So that's brings to me to writing this blog, last week as I was working through the flying lessons, and taking everything thing, and STILL thinking, I don't know what to write about! It started within me, real slow, and pretty soon my inner voice was telling me "tell your story". And I so I started writing and writing, and I started getting excited, and now, I feel like I have so much to tell and I can't wait to get it out!
I have a few blogs that I really enjoy reading, and when I floundering about what I should write on my blog, I was realizing, that I don't have to be a professional writer or hold a journalism degree. Just be me, and let my personality show through. Write as if we were face to face, and how we would talk to each other back and forth if were having coffee together catching up and laughing and just enjoying each other's company.
While reading other people's blog, I saw, they weren't all stoic, they were cool and I could imagine that what I was reading and how I imagined they would be in person, is probably pretty close to what they actually are. So, I decided I am going to be me, and just write. So here is my second post and it actually hard to try to keep this shorter, so that you don't feel like you are reading a book! It was actually easy to just write. :)
I want to leave you today with this..... Do you have writer's block", what obstacles have you had to overcome? What advice do yo have for other's to overcome their obstacles?