Thursday, December 9, 2010

Here's to You

Here's to those who are creative,
Who think outside of the box,
even when the box wants to hold you in.

Here's to those who dream of things to come.
Who work on an idea that comes from thin air,
that see that being creative isn't just a way - it's a way of life.

Here's to those who see magic through the fog.
Who see faeries in old oak trees, life on other worlds, magic shoes that dance,
Those who see beyond normal realms of imagination.

Here's to you my friends-
Those of you chasing the dream.
The dream of creativity.

Because one day those dreams will be caught. 

~written by me. As I do my homework. Because I should be doing my homework, but this is so much more fun.  Woo hoo creativity!

Busy doing homework this week, but the thought came to me - what would I tell a friend who is struggling with his/her writing? 

The best advice I can give anyone would be to keep going. Persistence (and consistency) is the key. What do you think? What advice would you give a friend who is struggling to keep their dream alive?

36 comments:

Patti said...

Patience and hard work. Hard work will always win out in the end.

Becca said...

Love. Love words. Love to put them together. Love the feeling of your bum in the chair. Love the growing word count. Love the flex of the muscle. Love the revision. Love the delete key. Love the new day - when it all starts again.

Shari said...

I could be wrong, but I think you wrote that just for me. Very, very beautiful. I think someone just pushed the lift button on my office chair 'cause I feel a little bit higher now.

February Grace said...

A wonderful post!

I'd tell any artist that the key to being happy (as happy as any artistic type can be anyway, which to me is the greatest success and the thing to really strive for) is to embrace your art for what it is-for the uniqueness that you bring to the world. Don't compare yourself to other people, at least not in a negative way.

If you see someone with a great quality- patience, for example, then emulate that but don't look at other's work and then look down on your own. Quickest road to misery is to compare our journey with anyone elses.

It may sound cliche' but there wouldn't be the beauty of a rainbow if all colors were the same. We each have our own facets, let yours shine!

Your facets shine very brightly, Carolyn! :~)

hugs
bru

Shannon O'Donnell said...

:-) See my comment on Paper and Parchment. You rawk, bff!

Jolene Perry said...

Love the process...
And, always, persistence.

Summer Ross said...

very inspiring!

I would tell someone to keep going, to handle the process like you would a child with persistence, patience, and a willingness to see it as more than it is.

Susan R. Mills said...

Love the poem!!!!! And your advice would be the same as mine. JUST KEEP GOING!

Kimberly said...

I'm with Becca...It's about love. If you don't love you story, you might be writing the wrong one!

L.T. Elliot said...

This is so uplifting and inspiring, Carolyn. Thank you! Aside from that, it's beautiful, too. I think I'll print it out and keep it by my lappy. =D

Elana Johnson said...

Work harder. (That sucks, I know, and I'm so insensitive. But I really do think hard work is the way out of many a dark place.)

Jules Ausborn said...

Carolyn you're like the sweetest blogger around!!! I'm with you girl, there are moments that we need to be reminded that we are awesome and can continue on as writers!

Get back to that homework but thanks for the inspiration!!!

Jen/Jules
Unedited & Jules and the Stars

Elena Solodow said...

Love the poem. My advice is yours: keep goin'. There's always gonna be bad times and good times, just like in life.

Angie said...

Cool poem. I think "keep going, we're with you," is the best advice to give.

Terry Stonecrop said...

What a lovely poem to your creative friends. Thank you!:)

Shelley Sly said...

Awww I love that poem! That is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, it made me feel tons better. :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wonderful, Carolyn! I felt like we were at a writers' banquet and you were giving an inspirational toast. Lovely...

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great poem! And you KNOW I believe that persistence pays off :)

WindyA said...

Thank you for such a sweet and simple reminder. Now, if only persistence didn't go hand in hand with a boatload of waiting *sigh* :)

Sara B. Larson said...

That is such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree with Windy, the hardest part after figuring out how to keep on keeping on, is the waiting!

Kathryn Magendie said...

That the world without writing and words and language is a much less wonderful place . . . But sometimes I tell people to take some time away from it, for perspective....

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

You wrote that while studying? Wow!
There's no way I could multi-task like that. Impressive. :)

Julie Wright said...

Love the poem! Love it love it! Advice to frustrated writers . . . to never give up because regret is a dirty word and tastes awfully bitter after several years.

Jennifer Shirk said...

GET OUT! You wrote that? It's awesome!

And yes, persistence/stubborness is key.

Amanda Sablan said...

Lovely poem, especially that last line. :)

What better way to keep the dream alive than by enjoying it as much as you can? That's really the only thing that's kept me going. That, and I'd hate to be seen as someone who's given up.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Bling for you on my blog! Because, as evidenced above, you always know the right thing to say!

Susan Fields said...

I agree with your advice - persistence is key! And I love your poem - I agree, much more fun than homework! :)

Jamie Burch said...

Carolyn, I love, love, love this poem!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this. It made my morning!

Hope you have a fantastic week...:)

MT said...

Amen, Sistuh! Plus, I might tell them to not be so hard on themselves (easier said than done though).

TerryLynnJohnson said...

lovely post!
also suggest to follow your passion, not the trends.

Lynn said...

I'd direct him/her to this post!

Jayne said...

Aw, I love your poem and totally agree with its sentiment. Here's to creativity! May it always sparkle. And that advice you give is the best advice - keep going, my friends.

LeishaMaw said...

Love it. I also love how you can be creative WHILE doing homework. That's a true artist. :)

Stacey said...

Ha ha, I think she wrote it for me Shari. Carolyn your words are inspiring to many! We just love ya tons!

Creepy Query Girl said...

yes yes and yes. Beautiful poem, btw! Good luck with your homework!

Al said...

Yes Persistence. But also having a break when you need to. Sometimes you come back with a whole new perspective!