The heart of creativity is change by Beth Barany
We are in some intense changing times. I hope you all will stay safe, wash your hands, and stay well informed.
People are telling me they feel stressed, confused, and aren’t sure what to do. Some writer friends tell me they’re having a hard time focusing on their writing, with so much negative news out there.
However you may be feeling I want to honor and respect that. Our feelings are amazing barometers and help us navigate the world.
In stressful changing times like these, I find it useful to reach out to the people I love, whether they’re in my house, the next town over, or halfway around the world, and tell them I love and cherish them.
Creativity is All
I also find great solace in focusing on my creative work. I put my emotions and desires and hopes and fears into my revisions of my upcoming novel.
I am not a politician, a health expert, a doctor, or policy maker. What I am is a creative artist, and therefore my way of impacting the world is through my (he)art.
As a teacher, Creativity Coach, and leader in my small corner of the world, I feel it’s important to take a stand for being a whole human being.
That means feeling the feelings, staying informed, taking care of yourself, and do the work of your heart.
No one knows how much time they have here on our precious planet earth — our spaceship Earth –, so do what’s important. Say I love you to the people that matter to you.
Be kind to strangers and have empathy for their struggles, as we ultimately don’t know what goes on in another’s heart. But our job is to connect to our own heart and be open to the hearts of others.
We are all in this together — one human family — so let us tread softly upon the earth. And bow in remembrance of our ancestors who survived the great plagues of the past.
In my work as a science fiction author, I find myself looking far into the past to understand the future possibilities.
Creativity, Ingenuity, Art
Our humans ancestor have been making art for over 100,000 years and surviving very difficult situations. I trust that with our human ingenuity, our art, and our ability to form and maintain a communities, we will survive this current crisis.
I’d love to hear how you’re doing, whether it’s about your writing, your way of taking care of yourself, or anything else that is top of mind for you.
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About Beth Barany
Novelist and certified creativity coach for writers, Beth Barany runs Barany School of Fiction, a full suite of courses designed to help fiction writers experience clarity and get writing, so they can revise and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. A Master NLP Practitioner, and she’s also the author of books for writers, including Plan Your Novel Like A Pro, co-written with her husband, thriller writer Ezra Barany.
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