I’ve been going around in circles on what I should write about or post today. My mind is racing with woulda, shoulda, couldas, and I can’t get my thoughts straight. So, I decided to sit down and write from the heart. A lot of famous writers and those who create say to write what you know and be honest in your words because the reader will feel how honest you are and connect more. I try to be completely open and honest with you all here because for me there’s no reason to put words to digital paper unless you’re intention is to connect with someone.
I’ve been writing a lot of poetry lately and that could be because I fell in love or because something clicked in the writer side of myself and said you should explore this. I’d like to think it’s more the love thing because that seems more poetic. When I write my poetry, which is mostly garbage, I just put pen to actual paper and start to write. The poems just pour out of me and I believe this is because I allow myself to be open and free with it. I have never really studied poetry or really even read a lot of it so I don’t tend to adhere to any form or rules that say what a poem is or isn’t and for me that allows me to just simply create. Now, when I look back at my work the pieces that do have some traditional structure and follow rules that I have since looked up do tend to be better than the ones that are just a collection of pretty words thrown together to sound deep.
This morning I began production on a new short film. This film was written out of honesty about what I am feeling and going through at this exact moment in my life. Previously I made a film series called “Parts” where I explored filmmaking on a completely solo basis doing everything myself and that taught me a great deal about who I am as a person and a filmmaker. This time I am exploring how vulnerable I can be with my audience. This first installment of my new series is just the tip of a bigger and more emotionally challenging piece, but I think it introduces my character well. It is also terrifying to share.
Being open and honest in your work brings out an entirely new perspective on your craft. If you don’t hold back and toss aside the worry that someone will judge you because of what you created then your box of tools to build becomes infinite. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of your work and be honest. Allow the deepest and sometimes darkest parts of you to show and you’ll discover that what you felt was creative block or poor work quality was simply a lack of honesty.