There are aspiring writers who behave as if their creativity owes them something.
They scream, curse, and sabotage their creativity by waiting for it to pay their bills.
And when it doesn’t – they become depressed and, pretty soon, quit.
That’s no way to behave towards your little creative tree. It’s almost like planting a small apple tree and, when it’s still a tiny bush, waiting for it to produce apples.
Let’s pause for a sec.
We’re not children here, right? We’re adults. And as adults, we know that when we say, “Jump and the net will catch you!” we’re bullshitting. Just a little, tiny bit.
The truth is, the net might not catch you.
We might not “make it” or reach the point when our creativity pays the bills. Or, what’s more likely, we’ll reach that point and it will last for a few months and then stop. It might come back again, but it’s never going to be consistent income.
I am not trying to discourage you.
Don’t believe writers who say “don’t write for anybody else or for the money, write for yourself!” – because everybody writes for somebody, everybody wants to get published, and everybody wants to get paid to do it.
But what you need to have is something else besides money, getting published. Another reason. A more powerful reason.
Or, if not more powerful, than simply another.
People murder their creativity by expecting it to pay the bills.
The way to treat your creativity is similar to how you treat a small tree you’ve just planted. Or a child.
Tell it, “Hey, I am here for you. I will never ask you to sustain me. I will sustain us both. We will get through this. I will do whatever I have to pay the bills, but I will never ask anything from you.”
I am not going to say that if you do this – your creativity will magically start paying the bills.
It might or it might not. (The net might not catch you, remember?)
All you need to do is to stop sabotaging yourself and your inner artist.
Support it. Let your creativity grow.
And if you can’t handle the pain of rejection, lack of money, if the pain is stronger than your love for creativity – then perhaps it’s not your thing.