We all need a pick-me-up now and then, especially when pursuing our creative passion. The creative process is often a solitary one, in particular creative writing. Sometimes when I need a touch of inspiration I’ll visit a blog by a writer who inspires me. I now have the ability to visit with 101 different writers to hear their inspirational stories.
If you’re not familiar with the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, then you are truly living a solitary life. One of the latest works in that series is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers, published last month. It varies a bit from some of the other collections of essays/observations from creative writers in that it is not full of household names. While each writer has been published, their backgrounds vary as much across the professionals spectrum as writing blogs themselves do.
It reminded me of the forty-some artists I interviewed on my cross-country U.S. road trip. Some were highly successful, some were more aspirational, but all were committed to an art-committed life. All of the writers in this book are committed to the passion that is writing.
One of the writers featured is a classmate of mine at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Sophfronia Scott. In “A Change of Direction,” Sophfronia tells of her journey from published novelist to MFA student, a path that runs opposite from many people’s understanding. She weaves in artfully her pursuit of creative growth with the revelation of the loss of a close family member.
Sophfronia’s essay is under the section “Facing My Fears.” That and other categories remind me of topics we’ve explored here at The Artist’s Road, such as making time to write, wrestling with writer’s block, dealing with rejection, and finding inspiration.
And now I’d like to hold a contest for Artist’s Road readers. Please share, in 100 words or less, a creative “lesson” that is important to you. It could be a piece of wisdom you now hold dear, or a challenge you are still wrestling with. Please connect it to yourself in some way, like the writers in the book do. I’ll be selecting the half-dozen most inspiring posts and will randomly select one of them to win a free hard copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. The contest will run through 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. Let’s hear your stories!
UPDATED JUNE 21, 2013: We have a winner! As I note in the comments below, Michelle has won a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. You should take a moment to read all of the comments, however; they are touching, inspirational, and educational. Yes, we have created some tasty condensed soup! The contest may be over, but I’d love to hear your story as well.