I’ve told you guys all about the threats to creative writing for the past couple months. This week, I think we need to discuss one of the best parts of creative writing and arts.
Getting to share your alternate reality.
No, I’m not talking about virtual reality games (though those are pretty cool). I’m talking about creating new worlds through your writing, and sinking into the abyss of your mind where the best dreams and stories lie. Alternate reality is what we all subconsciously create when we daydream, imagine, and draw. It’s an escape from the real world. It creates a world that we wish we could live in. It’s our little piece of heaven on earth.
Look, it’s no secret that life isn’t always very nice. We live in a broken world. Sometimes, it’s hard to just make it through the day. Most of us, if not all, have experienced days like that.
Ever wish you could just escape to another world? Slip into an alternate universe? A completely different reality?
I used to use reading as my escape. But eventually. . . I had to wake up from the dream when the story ended.
But when you write your own stories, or draw your own scenes, getting lost in the creativity and joy that comes from it. . . it doesn’t have to end.
Every day, I sink back into my stories and drawing.
Over time, I figured out how to make my alternate universe a part of my reality. And it’s way easier than you think.
Just don’t give up.
Some people think that when the book ends, the story is over. But it doesn’t have to be.
We can continue the story.
Learn something from it.
We can live it.
Even better, we can share it.
Yesterday morning, after worship practice and some talking and laughter in the lobby of my church, my Sunday school class was discussing devotionals and what we should actually do with them. Some people said we just read them and try to apply it to our day.
After digging a little deeper, we decided that there were four things we should do.
Read, reflect, apply, and share.
The entire class has taken it on as a challenge for 365 days, starting today.
We read the lesson, reflect on what it means and how it could effect us and our lives to make a change (not just our day), apply it to how we look at and deal with the struggles that life throws at us, and share it with someone else.
You never know when someone else could be struggling. Maybe they just want to slip into an alternate universe. Maybe they want to go on a fantastical adventure. Maybe they want to dive into a story and get lost in the joy of an escape. Maybe they are struggling just to get through the day.
We as creatives have the power to help them through that.
Share your thoughts. Share your creativity.
Our Sunday school room is decorated with all kinds of barnwood signs with sayings, deer paintings, etc. It’s kinda rustic chic. I helped my dad make 90% of the stuff in the room. When we were coming up with sayings to put on the signs, we weren’t sure what to put on them. We could have done verses, but maybe that was a little too inside the stereotypical box. (If you haven’t read the Stereotypical Box blog, be sure to check it out! https://lorrynholt.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/trapped-inside-the-stereotypical-box/ ) So after thinking about it for a while, we decided to put up something that could help remind us what we do this for.
We have five signs in the room. Two of them, I find myself writing and applying every day. What are they?
Well, the first one is, “If you have the power to make someone smile, do it. The world needs more of that.”
The second one is the biggest sign in the room.
Think about that. Adventure awaits. When one adventure ends, that doesn’t mean the story is over. That means it’s just beginning.
My first big adventure began on April 17, 2018. The day my book was released.
Lately, I had been feeling like the adventure was slowing down to a standstill. I wasn’t writing as much, I wasn’t motivated to do blogs, I felt like I wasn’t reaching anyone or connecting to my usual creativity. Then, like God just grinned and said “wait for it. . . Aaand NOW!”, my creative energy burst open wide. I have started editing my third book in the Alaina Jackson Trilogy, I haven’t stopped drawing and singing in days, and received a pretty big surprise on Friday the 7th. Dolly Parton, the queen of country music, had heard about me and my book from her nephew (who works with my dad), and wanted a signed copy. Later that day, my dad got a picture of her with my book, reading it.
I nearly passed out, God laughed, and I got to share my creativity with one of the world’s most well known country singers.
I got to make her smile.
This is what comes from having the courage to share your creativity.
Guys, don’t be afraid to share your dreams, your alternate reality, your imagination, with the rest of the world. Amazing things thing can come from it. Adventures await you.
You have the power to make someone smile.