Accepting the “Creative” challenge…

RCGale ( has put out a challenge asking people to share what gives them the courage to create, our doubts, and how we find our first word. Challenge accepted, but based on what I sometimes read on the internet and blogosphere I suspect that my response will not be something with which very many can relate, but no matter, you asked. The real challenge will be to write about myself since I prefer writing about ideas, but here goes.

Am I a truly a Creative? I wonder… I write because I am a writer, a “teacher,” a sharer of insights, ideas and information – I am a Wordsmith. It takes no courage for me to write in the same way it takes no courage for a bird to fly – it is the outpouring of who I am, with no tinge of arrogance or indifference. So if I do not wrestle in this way, do I even qualify?

It is gratifying when others appreciate my offerings, but lacking a huge following causes no sense of doubt, fear or angst because being just another voice in a big world is a fact of life, and I have done my best. I don’t write to be validated. I am not seeking to impress or offend, receive accolades or awards and, since I am not paid to write, I cannot be fired – I am free! Agree or disagree, follow or ignore, I continue sharing what cries at the door of my soul to be let out, be it practical, thought-provoking, humorous or profound.

It also helps that I am not twenty-something, thirty-something or even forty-something  — maturity makes a difference. I have…

  • read enough – and broadly enough,
  • observed and learned enough,
  • lived long enough in enough places,
  • and (most importantly) walked long enough with my Maker and Savior

that I have developed the perspective and confidence to simply Be.

Sometimes the impetus is that I see, read, hear or learn something, but it is incomplete, not all there, or not well expressed, and then I feel impelled to write about it, and if nothing strikes me, I don’t. My first words come about because they best express the idea. Yes, taking the time to find the right words and craft them into a form that is succinct and well-written, even arranging them just so…can take hours or even longer. It is work, but then again how can one truly call something work when it is so satisfying?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ross Gale
    May 08, 2012 @ 08:21:25

    This is wonderful. I can’t wait to share it. I know it will speak to others as well. Great job!


    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      May 08, 2012 @ 22:08:05

      Thank you. I enjoy the challenge of writing about something important to me and am glad you believe what I said will speak to others. I hope no one is discouraged that I (now) find writing easy, or that writer’s block is not an issue for me – I believe non-fiction is easier because the non-digital world is so interesting! We (English-speaking writers) must be willing to continue to plumb the depths of our incredibly rich language and how to use it well by reading those who used it best. Vocabulary, word roots, grammar and all those rules that seemed so silly and nit-picky in middle school now reveal their value, and now we realize that moving forward sometimes requires going back.


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