The Creative Process: Why Love and Patience Is The Key to Success

The Creative Process: Why Love and Patience Is The Key to Success


When compared to other forms of creativity, writing a novel is probably the hardest thing a person could do. Not only can you waste countless hours, days, and years– only to find out it is ‘terrible’– but you become so personally attached to it that you naturally will attach your ego to the first rejection letters or negative reviews. These fears though can be transformed into a positive thing, ensuring you are only putting out the best you can offer. But if you aren’t careful, you can channel that fear into negativity. This negativity will prevent you from releasing your work altogether or even worse, hold you back from taking the next step on the way to reaching your full potential.

Writing a novel is a life lesson in itself, but the more tangible and definable lessons are those in self-love and patience. It is all too easy to compare your work and your skills as a writer to those before you and worry about how well it will or won’t be received. But when you think about this idea and its deeper roots in human nature, it’s hard not to see your self-proclaimed masterpiece and the criticism that comes attached to itas a direct reflection of your self-worth. 

Yes, any form of creativity is a reflection of your heart and soul, a reflection of your creative abilities, and is inherently something that is inseparable from those things. But at the same time, we are here as human beings to learn and grow, and these two actions are always, well, active. They are always moving, never at a standstill of perfection. Those who channel that fear in a negative way will surely take many, many years to release their novel or release their work because they are always questioning, ” is this the best I can do? Maybe I should wait until tomorrow, tomorrow I will be better”. While this may be an overarching true statement, it is a statement that will most likely prevent you from taking the leap and living in the present moment with the beauty of who you are here and now. We are always growing, evolving, and improving, whether we realize it or not. So by this same logic, we will always be seeking tomorrows improvement instead of seizing today’s imperfect perfection.

Understanding the difference between fear and patience is vital in the creative process.
Patience is knowing that you are still learning and still growing, and knowing that you want your work to be what you imagined it to be. Working toward that goal and being patient with yourself throughout the process is healthy. But knowing when you have done the best you can do, at this point in your life, at this point in your creative journey and letting it fly… that takes real self-love and self-patience. Patience because you know that you are whole as you are, today, flaws and all, and realizing that this is true about your work as well, even if tomorrow you will probably be better. When you begin to love your work like you love yourself and have the same patience with your work, as you do yourself, you realize that it too will be and is completely whole and perfect as it is. Even if your next work might be better. 

This concept doesn’t only apply to writing, but to every other form of creativity. Don’t let fear get in the way of taking the leap. Whether it be the beginning of a creative journey or the final stages. For if you have love and patience for yourself, you will automatically release any fears you have attached with your work. You can let the creativity flow, you can have the patience with yourself, and you can let your work be seen by the world without fear of criticism because you know you have done your best during this portion of your life journey.

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