I've been thinking a lot about how one of my personality traits is "rule follower." I value the rules. I feel like they're there for a reason... however, lately, I've realized when it comes to creativity, rules can be such a huge roadblock. .
For years, I've tried to figure out "the right way" and "the best way" to do things... but have I landed on "my way"? In all that emulating someone else's process, have I truly found myself or am I still searching for that? Creativity, after all, is so personal... if we take ourselves out of it just because of the "rules" (who made these rules anyway?) then we're left with a cheap imitation. .
In my current manuscript, the heroine is not a risk taker (this is how she is like me), but her quest to stay comfortable is killing her and she doesn't even know it... Is that where I'm at? Do I need to rock the boat a little? Is it time to look at things differently and do them my own way? Not following rules doesn't have to mean rebellion... it can mean self expression. And I suppose I'm learning to get real with myself and allow that to happen. .
Go ahead. Rock the boat today. Find your voice and use it. Seize the day. Who knows what will happen if you refuse to create like everyone else...?