Philosophy · Writing

Don’t Tell Me What To Do


Or: How I waste time on the internet.

Every once in a while, I read articles on writing or not writing. Recently, I’ve been perusing Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent because I signed up for it some time ago, when it wasn’t even fully formed and I love perusing Kickstarter for interesting projects. However, I’m finding that I don’t enjoy it very much, the website. Given that it’s sort of a project that came to being from Kickstarter, it seems to be focusing on narratives that are outside normal expectations. Honestly, it’s depressing for me. I’m sure other creatives find it inspirational, but something about the recent interviews really irk me. (Except, of course, the one interview of Stevie Nicks.)

Full disclosure: I don’t think there’s anything wrong about being subversive in whatever genre you’re exploring, but I think it’s okay to do things the “traditional” way. You should do your art the way that speaks to you, the way you want to do it.

The way, I see it, you should be exploring your art the way that you want to. Your narratives can be how you want to be. Basically, don’t take someone else’s way of doing things as the way you have to do them. That’s not the point of creativity. Sure, you should explore what’s different, but you should create what you want to create, not what someone tells you to do.

Maybe it’s the fact that the interviews seem misleading, that they don’t come with a preface of “you do you” or things like that. For me, they’re just not inspirational–they’re frustrating–because it is a lot of people telling the world how they do things and what’s important to them without acknowledging that some people do it differently. Maybe that’s just my interpretation.

I think it can be harmful, perhaps, to show these interviews to a budding creative because these people can be seen as influential and that must mean they are doing things that are successful because they are different. You shouldn’t have to be any certain way to do what you love. You should do what you love because it’s what makes you happy and what gives you that fire to make what you want to make.

Of course, I am biased. I’ve taken classes on writing and design and they all have their own rules (with their own biases and opinions) on how to do something. It’s okay to break the rules. But it’s also okay to learn from those rules if you find them beneficial.

There’s no right or wrong way to being creative. That’s what I’m trying to say.

This is a bit of a tangent, admittedly. I want people to make what they want to make for the reasons they want to make them. You be you. You do you. You want to make a million bucks by making the next paranormal romance phenomenon? Go ahead. You want to break the narrative form and write something that’s different? Do it because you want to. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s wrong to judge someone for doing something a certain way.

I’ll support anyone who makes art, no matter how they do it. Just don’t force your methods on someone else.

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