The bloody details of a horror writer, director & actor.

February 19, 2016

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The creative path is non-linear. This can be terrifying when you want results or assurance of being on the right path, but fumbling around in the dark is necessary. Problem is, we don't recognize this as part of the process. We resist it and shame ourselves for it.

I feel we are all on this accelerated path - part of this global awakening that creativity is our purpose and contribution, but how do we hold fast through the reality of this painful process?

Radical acceptance. Sometimes detours are necessary. Breakdowns are breakthroughs. That toxic relationship, that crushing perfectionism, the procrastination that had you OCD organizing your sock drawer... all of it contributes to the cause, all can be harvested. Accept it. Surrender. Use swear-laden prayers to get you through. And if you really need to hear it, you're on the right path. We all are.

Creativity demands that you continue. Keep tending to your seeds though you have no idea what will break through or when. Keep your hands on the wheel, though the road is dark and Radiohead lyrics are spinning around in your mind. I have lost myself, a few times. Only in hindsight did I realize that it was always going to be OK.

Riding through the dark is necessary. It helps you decide where you would rather be. This is the time to invest your energy into your dreams. Preserve your potential. Cut out anything and anyone that doesn't sit right. At the end of the day, your creative spark will be all that sustains you. Everything else falls away.
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