November 17, 2017- Produce our best work: asking for feedback, not validation

Hello November,

how do we produce our best work?

I heard a speaker on the importance of combining talents and passions: in other words, not only do what we love, but also, use our talents, what we are good at in the process.

If becoming an astronaut looks good, do I really want to hang from the ceiling like this?

But again, what if I love the result and then I can learn to like or to get over certain inconveniences?

Is it a luxury to think about these issues when we don’t have enough to go around the next day?

No, it isn’t.

Long term thinking, is very important. Daily.

I can see that, because I have everyday practical questions to deal with.

But somehow, it feels that I need to focus on the long-term.

And then, only then, look into my everyday questions.

Writing, is my soul’s desire.

Some of the process has become less spontaneous, due to rejections I had from some publishers.

But is there another reason?

Do I expect validation from others for my work?

Feedback is important, but feedback and validation are two different things.

It’s also up to us to discriminate who is capable of giving good feedback.

If not, it is as if you are a goat and you ask the wolf to become your baby’s godfather.

Think about it twice

 

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January 13, 2016: Looking to the past for inspiration

Hello dear fresh January,

for resolutions to be more inspired, I dived into my old diaries, to see what I really liked and wanted at the time. I am a journal, diary addict since I were 8 years old. Not that I have been writing every day, but the love affair with words goes back to my childhood.

What did I find out? I wanted to be a writer very early in life, as an adolescent trying to send my first novels to some kind of literary competition. But I suffered from lack of confidence. Was I talented enough? Was this wish out of reach?

Why would that be? A wish, a desire, if strong, is enough in itself.

I also felt kind of imprisoned at school, following hours of boring, to me, classes, waiting for the moment to escape.

And a difficulty to find a like-minded community in the cercle of my classmates and family.

But then, this is what made me kick the road and get to Paris, or London, among other places.

Did I find everything I was looking for?

I was looking more for a fresh place to co-create.

But after all, this place of non-censure, love and acceptance, is within ourself.

So, new resolutions will take into consideration the love for freedom, new experiences, love and connexion, and most of all, sharing the worlds of imagination with other human beings!

so you want to be a writer?

I will see what Charles Bukowski has to say on the question…

so you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski