Creative Alignment

May 16, 2014Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Often writers and artists procrastinate because we don’t feel we are ready yet to begin our work, we don’t feel inspired, we can’t face the unknown. We want to know we will be successful, that this project will pay the bills, that everything will work out for our art but, like an entrepreneur we have to just move forward and trust ourselves.

“We have to know who we are, then whatever we create will be in alignment with our spirit and there is no failure.” Victoria Schmidt ‘Tweet this’

Don’t make one piece of work your whole existence, your whole identity, and don’t be like pop singers who changes their focus every year, reinventing themselves to keep the whole world interested. Things are different now. Find who you are at your core, be true to that. Then worry about markets and readership. Stay aligned.

Things have changed, many writers have a core fan base and make more money with 5,000 fans who buy regularly then those who strive for a more random 100,000s of fans that usually never buy or come back. Align with your true self, then you will find those who align with your work. Don’t deviate from that unless you are called to do so… and it all works out.

Comments (19)

  • Mary

    May 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Great insight. I believe finding a niche can be super helpful in the long run when building a fan base and marketing. What should an author do if they have a scattered brain and come up with different, wacky plots that don’t connect all that much? Does your writing style then become your niche instead of the similarities in plot?
    Thanks, Victoria!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Great question! People tend to love certain genres, so each genre you are in, is a separate fan base (usually). There are many famous authors who write in different genres but under different pen names. If it worked well to do it all under one pen name they would!

  • Mary

    May 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Okay, cool! That makes a lot of sense. Now to think of some pen names, hehe 🙂

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      It can be freeing too!

  • Maura

    May 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Inspiring post! It’s not easy to admit, but there has been more than one occasion for me as a writer in which I too found myself procrastinating because I doubted if I was ready or qualified to write a certain piece. But I appreciate what you shared in your post because I truly believe that there are pieces that are specifically destined for each of us to create. Sure, doing research is necessary, but at some point, it’s about being creating. Writing is a gift that we give to ourselves and others and remembering that “whatever we created will be in alignment with our spirit and there is no failure” is actually a rather freeing thought. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Wonderful Maura, great point. No one else can do what you are meant to do. We all have a responsibility to get passed any blocks and move forward.

  • Ruby Bryant

    May 19, 2014 at 1:30 am

    “Don’t make one piece of work your whole existence, your whole identity….” That is a powerful statement and I can’t thank you enough for hitting me right between the eyes with it! What writer doesn’t want to write that one masterpiece that will change the world? Ha! Of course I’ll never stop striving to finish that masterpiece, but am learning not to allow it to hold me hostage or interfere with me writing other things.

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Great Ruby, you can’t give up. Getting to ‘the end’ is what makes us a real writer. Save editing and rewriting for the next stage.

  • De Wayne

    May 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks, Victoria, for your insightful thoughts. I appreciate and enjoy them. Procrastination plagues me when I lose my literary compass. I break through it when I know, not just how my story ends, but how it must end. When I’m clear on that, I write my buns off, and I’m happy with what I’ve written. The thing underlying that which is, in my view, really important is this: We can only know how our stories must end when we have mustered the courage to venture way down inside where the most significant parts of our consciousness reside–and that can be a very scary and painful place in my experience. But that is where “meaning” is, and “meaning” is what makes stories good and beautiful, even (especially?) when they deal honestly and courageously with scary, painful things. Your thoughts in this regard?

    Best,

    De Wayne

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Wonderful thoughts De Wayne, I agree. So many people write on a superficial level (I tell them to at least try to use some symbols to say something deeper) but when a writer exposes himself on the page that is magical. Sometimes it’s not scary in content but scary in just the leap. Often if we look close enough, we can find the blessing inside any painful situation but we certainly need some distance for that to happen (perhaps that’s when writing becomes therapeutic as well)… Thelma and Louise screenwriter said there was just no other way to end the film other than having the heroines drive off that cliff, oh how that resonated true for women. It was real. A twisted happy ending!

      1. De Wayne

        May 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Thanks for responding, Victoria. Wow! What a great example (Thelma and Louise) of how a story must end. I feel that readers (and viewers) resonate with what touches them emotionally in a very personal way; with what they can relate to in the scope of their own feelings and experience, even when they don’t fully realize why or even that it is happening. You’re right about the “leap” thing, too. Funny (sometimes even literally) things happen on the journey to the center of the soul–like the discovery of what really matters to us, what we believe to be truly beautiful, what and who we truly love, and who really loves (or loved, if they’re no longer here) us. To me, as much “meaning” worthy of writing about is found in those discoveries, too. Best, De Wayne

        1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

          May 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

          Lovely “things happen on the journey to the center of the soul–like the discovery of what really matters to us” Yes, this is part of the ‘treasure’ that is found. ‘Know thyself’ is a core mythic teaching. Real love is never past tense 🙂

  • Joyce Derenas

    May 25, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Great insight. I agree that staying the course with your focus is very important. Yesterday, I signed my BIAM contract, compleated all the Day 1 worksheets and had already started my 10 major scenes from day 2. I’m so impressed with the content of BIAM that I didn’t want to wait until June 1 to begin Today is my Day 2 and I’m in the zone. Thanks for all your insight, Victoria. You are one smart cookie.

    1. Victoria Lynn Schmidt, PsyD

      May 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you Joyce, I’m so glad it’s helping… keep writing!

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