I understand that you have a busy life. Perhaps you have kids, perhaps you have a demanding job that barely allows you to make ends meet. I get that, believe me I do. So when I ask for you to participate with me in the creative, I understand how you might be skeptical. Bear with me.
You see, I never really understood what participating meant until I decided to become a full-time writer. It means so much more than just encouraging that ‘weird artist friend’ who writes, or paints, makes music or acts, to continue doing what they do. That is encouraging them. That is very important understand, but it is not participating with them in the creative.
It is true that artists, no matter their medium, do what they do because they have a passion for creating. However, part of that creative process involves those who experience the creation, the audience, you.
To be a part of the creative process is easy. Read a book. Listen to music. Go to an art show and look at the works. And then tell the creator what you thought of it. I can’t empathize this enough. It is by feedback that artists work and live. If you love what we are doing tell us so, if you hate it, tell us that too so we can do it better. Think you can write, sing, or paint, ‘if only you had the time’? Than do that! You might be surprised at what you can do, and a more welcoming group than the society of creators I venture to say you won’t find.
Tell your friends about what you read or what you are listening to. In this networking age, it’s very easy to do, and is way more important than you might believe. Remember, we work and live by what feedback we get, and the more participation the better. And oh yes, buy what we create. Not only is that the best feedback ever, but it is by that single act alone that we are able to create more.
So when you want five minutes to yourself and pick up that new romance writer, or reach the end of a long day and want to zoo out with that new music you just bought, smile, because you helped create that. A culture only gets the Art it participates in.