I firmly believe we all need a creative outlet in life. Some people are lucky and find themselves in a career that is naturally creative: designers, performers, artists, etc. Everyday, they get to dig in to that place where there is passion, energy, and inspiration.
I chose to be an attorney. Not. Very. Creative.
Of course, it really depends on what kind of attorney you are. Entertainment law might have more opportunities for imagination. Or even criminal law may require bouts of thinking outside the box and performing in front of a jury. Well, I don’t practice in these areas. I do Wills, Trusts, Probate, Divorces, Child Custody and Adoption. And while I feel that my "day job" can be very “rewarding,” I would never call it “creative” per se.
So I chose to WRITE in the wee morning hours. I could have chosen to PAINT, to learn the GUITAR, dive into SCRAP BOOKING, or try some COOKING. But I didn’t. I chose to create other worlds, new characters, and extraordinary conflicts. And I found my passion, my energy, my inspiration.
Through the solitude, rejection, frustration, and self-doubt associated with writing, the excitement of “what could be” has never left me. I feel like with writing, the sky is the limit! I can go anywhere or do anything in my fiction. And maybe, just maybe, someone will like what I’ve written. And maybe, just maybe I could get paid for what I’ve invested and bless my family's lives. And maybe, just maybe, I will have left a mark on this world for good.
Kind of like this song, "I Was Here," by Lady Antebellum:
Why do you write? And if you don’t write, what do you do to find your passion for life?