Creating art or writing are reclusive practices. Sure, I look for inspiration from others who create. But I bring ideas into my lair (a.k.a. my art studio which I call my Zen Room). There, I ponder these inspirations in solitude as contemplation massages the right side of my brain,
A while back, a friend told me, “Just show up.” Simple, yet powerful words. But for introverted artists and writers, this can be difficult. Just show up equals Put yourself out there. And that can be downright scary.
However, by just showing up, I have become a part of a community…actually, I’ve become a part of a few communities. I have been showing up at classes and critique groups, and that has made all the difference (tip of the hat to Robert Frost).
For writers in the North Carolina Triangle area, I highly recommend Triangle Writers, a creative writing group of over 900 members that curates events and activities with the goal of getting published. I’ve been to many seminars and a few critique sessions through this freelance group. In fact, in December, I’m hosting a Children’s Book Critique Group in Pittsboro/Chapel Hill through Triangle Writers.
A few months ago, I came across a post for Children’s Book Writing classes through IgnitingWriting.com and I showed up. I’ve made great friends and have challenged my creativity, taking it in new directions through these classes and groups led by children’s literature expert Susie Wilde.
When I attend Living Poetry meetups and author talks, I buy their books which give me encouragement to publish my own.
Check out MeetUp groups near you. There’s so much to do, to learn…if you just show up.
Are there other communities that have made a difference in your creative world? Tell me about them, so I can spread the word and all the good that happens when we just show up.