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The Story as Muse
View stories as a jumping-off point or, better yet, a rock dropped into a stream. One by one, they build an awkward bridge you can hop across, landing in a place beyond your wildest dreams a place where you can finally tell your story a place where that is honored and understood, and passed along to inspire the others, who will come later, with a hunger to tell stories of their own.
The courageous, raw, truth-telling style of Mary Karr may inspire you to write your own explosive memoir or, perhaps it will inject your stories with a few down-home truths about the hard, dark, and ugly parts of life. Janet Fitch's masterful White Oleander may help you to find beauty, strength, and grace in the most unlikely places. The wild imaginings of authors like Allende, Atwood, Braverman, and Hoffman may lend a hallucinatory quality to your fictitious landscapes; awaken you to the little bits of magic in everyday life, and give you the freedom to dream.
Jennie Nash's newest novel, The Only True Genius in the Family, due for release in February 2009 from Berkley Books, is an especially inspiring and enlivening work for artists who are struggling to have faith in their gifts and their work, and are attempting to create within an environment that does not support their creative vision or nourish their dreams. The message of this book is that each of us is marvelously gifted in different ways but these unique gifts can be stunted, dwarfed, and amputated if you lack belief in your own talents, and have no friends or family who support you as an artist.
If, as in Nash's work, an artist is not given the proper support, the creative fire can be completely extinguished; or grow so dormant that we wonder if that spark was ever there at all. Even more important than reading the stories of others is the courage to tell your own story, any way you can.
If courage you lack, I hereby give you creative license to speak your own truth; to tell your story, as my fourth grade teacher used to say, "in your own words." I give you permission to create indiscriminately, just as you wish wildly, freely, and without asking permission from anyone. Tell your tale, paint your masterpiece; sing your song. Tango with the Muses. I send you inspiration, strength, creative energy, and my wildest hopes and dreams.
(Print your own copy of this Creative License right now to hang in your creative space!)
The following are some projects I've designed to help you draw inspiration for your artwork and writing from stories:
© 2009 Molly J. Anderson-Childers
Molly Anderson-Childers is a a highly creative writer and artist from Durango, Colorado. More »