Her book first introduced me to the idea that everyone is creative. In fact, the subtitle of her book is: “If You’re Alive, You’re Creative.” (When I saw this, I instantly grabbed the book off the shelf.)
For a long time, I thought creativity was akin to art and making things—activities that I stopped doing a very long time ago. But, of course, we use creativity every day, whether we’re an artist, consultant, doctor, chef, teacher, CEO or homemaker.
Today, I wanted to share a powerful passage that Digh writes in response to a common question she gets: “How can I build a successful blog?”
To me, her response goes beyond blog-building to creating in general. The more I read it, the more I realized that her wise words and thought-provoking questions can spur you into whatever action you’ve been waiting to take, especially if you’ve got a case of perfectionism, self-doubt or all-around fear paralyzing you.
“How can I build a successful blog?” people ask me. I do not have a clue. I do everything wrong—my posts are too infrequent and far too long for a nation shocked by long uninterrupted blocks of text. What is your intention? To build a successful blog, or to actually say what is inside your heart and mind and every single bloody cell of your being, and that you must somehow export it out into the world before you die?
Much writing I read these days is to sell something by a formula. Is that your highest purpose? Is that the voice that is dying to be let free into the world?
If it is, great, that’s fantastic! If not, stop it. Stop it. Sit with yourself and your unique place in the world and write it all down. Write it all down. Speak your voice. So many people say they need to find their voice. You have a voice, now use it, damn it. In the writing comes the thread. In the writing comes your unique voice, your way, your sense-making of the world around you. Can’t say what you want because people won’t understand or like it? Who are you living for? Yourself or people with wallets? Yourself or applause? Yourself or validation?