Its one of the first things we're taught in school, and one of the most difficult to learn. Most of us grasp the basic concept fairly quickly; share what you have with others. But there is more to it. You also have to share what you create with others. I was never very good at that part.
Five years ago, most of my friends were participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The only creative writing I'd done up until that point was a novella I was required to write for my English class in eighth grade. I wrote what I considered to be a thrilling epic about criminals taking over our school and taking us hostage. There was a heroic band of 14 year-year-olds that saved everyone. Literally the only comment that my teach left was, "Wow!" I never found out if that was a good or bad thing. When I decided I would do NaNoWriMo with my friends, I didn't think it would go very well. I don't really remember where the idea for my story came from, I just started writing. Somehow, it turned into a 94 thousand word novel about a police officer trying catch a serial killer before they kill her or one of her friends. I finished it about a year ago and I'm pretty sure there's only one person that's ever read the whole thing. I sent the first chapter to a bunch of literary agents hoping to get it published. The only ones who responded sent form letters to reject me. I would be surprised if any of them actually read the first chapter. After that, I pretty much gave up.
A few months ago, I was visiting a friend and mentioned that I had no creative ability. I guess I was already lying because I'd written the book, but her mother wanted to make sure she proved me wrong, so she asked what I wanted to learn. When I asked her to teach me how to make the bracelet I had just bought from her, she immediately started pulling out beads so I could start picking colors. In a few hours, she had taught me how to make a beautiful bracelet and given me enough materials to make another one. She had also given me the jewelry making bug. I'll admit that I haven't done much about it lately. The truth is that I haven't been feeling all that creative for the past couple months. Sometimes its difficult for me to motivate myself. But I'm working on changing that.
The thing that finally got me creating again and gave me the courage to finally start sharing what I make with the world was photography. As I told you in my previous post, I've always thought it was amazing. The fact that I get to be part of that now re-lit the creative spark in me. When I first made this website, I told myself I just wanted a place to store my pictures that would never run out of space, but I knew that wasn't the truth. If I'm being honest with myself, I created this website because I want people to see my photographs. It terrifies me, but I'm pushing through that. When I told my family about my site, my father suggested that I post the first chapter of my book as well. I wasn't sure that I wanted to, but the more I thought about it the better the idea seemed.
So, I decided to take it one step further. I am now going to use this site to showcase everything I can do. Every time I finish writing something, I'll give you a preview of it here. Whenever I've finished editing another picture, I'll post it here. And whenever I make a new piece of jewelry, I'll add a picture of it here. If this site ever generates enough traffic or I start getting requests, I'll start selling my work. So, if you ever want to purchase something you see, let me know.