Letters for Creatives #27: Where to get inspired and keep creating
Plus: Fleabag and lessons from getting rejected at an interview
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Life has been repeating itself since February. I started to feel stuck and get bored. Then something pretty crazy happened. I got a second interview with the CEO of an incredible startup. I have done my research and got the gist of him. I did not expect him to have so much passion and energy. He reminds me of Gary Vaynerchuk and they are similar in many ways.
How can someone be so blunt verbally but empathetic and sensitive in written words? It still surprises me. Sure, a person can have many different facets. I certainly go between the spectrum of ambition and vulnerability at times.
Back to the interview. I was told that I did not get the job before the interview ended. I blamed myself for not doing better. I could have a better answer to the question What is your craziest dream for this life?
I have the direction in my mind what that can be now. Time will tell if it will happen.
You are likely to have more skills and talents than you think. You would have learned some new skills if you started a project. If you feel that you have a desire from your heart, apply for the job. You are much more capable than you think.
What is your craziest dream for this life? How are you going to achieve it?
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73 Questions With Phoebe Waller-Bridge (9 mins)
I have been obsessed with Fleabag. Phoebe Waller-Bridge did an incredible job writing the script and performing it. It is filled with wit about people, relationships and attachment styles. The protagonist often breaks the fourth wall, looks at the camera and talks to the audience.
I thought about how written words can break the fourth wall. Most of them would be the inner dialogue of a character. I have noticed that most of them are shown through italics. I would try to write a story with a character breaking the fourth wall. If you want to write one as well, tag me on Instagram. I would love to read them.
On why you must keep moving (13 mins)
Comedian and writer Yassir Lester gave advice on making time for creative projects and writing. She suggested taking it seriously as if it is work. But it is not any work but one that you love and enjoy.
Just make sure that you’re always writing things that feel true and honest and real to you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your exact story. It can be a story that has influenced you or that is completely made up, but at least it’s something that is so interesting to you that you feel it in your bones.
– Yassir Lester
Lester’s advice for creativity:
Pick three TV shows you love. Pick three TV shows you never heard of or know you don’t like. List out the things you like and hate about both, and use that as a tool in your next session for writing.
– Yassir Lester
You can change TV shows to films, fiction books, animation, writers, artists and so on. Now you would have endless inspiration for your creative projects.
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I released my March writing prompts. Steve wrote a lovely piece inspired by the prompt rediscover joy. Check out Steve’s work if you like his poem.
Hitting rock bottom
Waves caress my face in place
Sea creatures staring
Their eyes bounce light from the moon
A promise for joy reborn
– Steve Hetem
Jen wrote an astonishing piece inspired by the same prompt rediscover joy. You can read Jen’s work if you like her poem. Her poetry collection The Colour Of Hope is now available here.
A Sunday in March
The Earth has, incredibly, sent itself
halfway around the Sun,
and you are beating your fists
on the hallway mirror enthralled,
agape at the wonder of your own face.
Sweetheart, there’s never been anyone like you.
But, in these sluggish, elastic months since your birth,
there hasn’t been anyone even close.
You’ve never seen another baby;
we row row row our boat down gentle streams alone,
while far flung grandparents coo through screens
and I try not to feel adrift when packing away
first newborn clothing, then the next size up.
There will be so many stories told
of the cavernous strangeness into which you were born,
just you wait. We’ll find our way in spring,
then step forward into the summer heat
when our gardens, our doorways,
our kitchen chairs will blossom with people,
when you’ll be amazed by new voices,
new laps, new embraces.
When your chubby hand will grasp and catch
something other than its own reflection.
– Jen Feroze
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