Continuing from last week’s post on thinking like a designer, I thought where and what can I shake up or build on. Or better yet build differently. One prototype I am working on is becoming a better writer. That actually took a lot to just add the word “better” in that sentence, but that is part of my design process.
At what point can we call ourselves a writer, painter, potter or anything which is a creative endeavour? Do we have to be published, sold a piece of art or have speaking engagements to be able to put say “I am a……..”. I say no. We don’t have to be earning an income from something we enjoy to call ourselves anything! If you have journals of poems you have written you are a poet. Period. Full stop. I am a blogger and a writer (fiction). If it takes me years to get published, that doesn’t take away that I am a writer right now.
I say this year we start calling it as it is. I am…. We are….. No excuses or explanations. Do not say when this or that happens I will be….. If you are doing it now in any capacity you are. Our current design prototype is to shake ourselves up, take a big breath and call it as it is. As designers or creatives (who choose the word) we are moving forward and the first step is claiming what is ours. I am a blogger and writer. Failure is a learning experience and all part of the bigger picture of getting more out of life. We can so do this!
You can always start now!