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IWSG November 2013


Quote of the Day:  Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable. Brenda Ueland, quote found in the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Piano Bench Confessions

The first Wednesday of each month, I participate in The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Go to his blog for more connections to insecure writers. We fill the airwaves on days like this! 

I am working through Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way with my sister and a couple other creatives who need a boost of confidence to get things moving. Chapter Two discusses the “crazy makers” the people who sabotage our creative success. Some are surprisingly close to us. Some are paid instructors and seemingly well-meaning teachers. Some creep up in unexpected places and cause all sorts of damage. These are our villains. Julia says we need to be very wary of these people. They are the blamers, the hurtful criticizers. They are, in reality, more stuck and frustrated than we are and are lashing out as we try to move forward and live a more authentic and creative life. Pay attention to this. If you are feeling beat up by someone’s comments, shut them out. Make a list of the crazy-makers in your life and limit your time with them. Some relationships might even need to end. You  need to decide and empower yourself.

Then, to combat those negative voices, surround yourself with your champions. Make a list of those folks, the ones who say, “Of course, you can. I believe in you. I love you and your creative spirit,” and then they show you just how much. 

So, what does all this have to do with a picture of a piano bench? Well, I am a pianist and a piano teacher. I had some serious wounds related to my playing and creative spirit. Without my champions, I would not have recovered. I also use that bench to process the world and sort things out. I don’t know how I’d manage without it. And, it has been the source of inspiration for my next play Grace Notes: Piano Bench Confessions. Self-doubt rose up in me last week (I was a bit ahead of schedule for the IWSG), so I talked it out with my sister (a grand champion) and my friend who is also a publicist and promoter of words, and I messaged and connected with a few more supporters. They helped me realize that I had been exposed to many of my villains recently and that some of those interactions triggered old wounds and insecurities. Then, they said those magic words, “I believe in you. Get busy we’re waiting for the next play,” or whatever it is you’re working on.

Go. Create. Inspire!
You are a unique and creative individual and the world is waiting for your masterpieces!

Journaling Prompt:  Who are your champions?

  1. Sound advice! Some people are miserable and just want everyone else to also be miserable.
    I have so many champions it would be a really long list. And I’m grateful for them.

  2. There are those who project themselves onto others. They’re the ones who are insecure, not you!

  3. Great post. I’m lucky that I’m surrounded by supportive people.

  4. Oh how I love The Artist’s Way. I’m on my second pass with this book. By the way, Brenda Ueland’s book where the quote came from is probably one of my top five writer books. Definitely worth getting it. It’s chock full of worthy quotes and heart-inspiring motivation. Sigh. Have fun working through the book. Great advice.

  5. Hi Marry Great Advise to your readers. But these villains are sometime act as good promoters too, so pl. don;t get annoyed at them, you do your duties a good number of people will follow your instruction
    pl check out my post in this regard
    Have a wonderful day
    Keep inform

  6. Very, very wise post and very helpful to me at this point. I’ve been down this road before. I was in art school working on a piece for a competition and my art instructor actually ripped my project apart. Well, not literally. But it forced me to work longer on it and I missed the deadline. When it came down to me having to turn it in to the head of the college, he told me he was disappointed. Why? Because he thought I would have won that competition. When I told him what happened, the instructor was fired because he had entered that same competition and guess what. He won. I would have beat him, he got crazy upset and sabotaged me. Never had that happen to me before. Then when I see some of these negative comments about my writing from other authors, I go check out their sites and see they aren’t doing as well as they could be. Makes me think of that whole incident. So yes, those kinds of people need to be cut out and kept out of our lives.

  7. This is a wonderfully inspiring post. Thank you.

  8. My husband is my greatest champion.And I don’t know what I’d do without my blogging buddies. 🙂

    A number of people in my life don’t necessarily say anything negative about my work – they just don’t say anything about it all. I”m not sure what’s worse!

  9. I am always amazed at the amount of resistance I feel when I am moving towards something that I desire to do. So glad you are connecting with your champions. I am so excited for your next play!!! (I have started working on my ebook…babysteps every week. We can do this!)

  10. I try to keep the negative people at bay by not telling them what I’m up to! Not easy though when both your husband and your mum are cup-half-empty kind of people!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

  11. I LOVE the sound of your next play: Piano Bench Confessions…
    And that quote is really great!
    Writer In Transit

  12. Mary, I remember when we discovered the Artist’s Way together years ago. Glad you’re giving it another round with other champions by your side. I know about those wounds but I love that you can rise above and reclaim that spot on the bench. Also, what a great title for your work. I am among those looking forward to seeing it come to life, and I know it will! Hugs from here and let me know when you’re in town next. I look forward to coffee, dessert, whatever. 🙂

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