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Create or Die!

by Ed Attanasio (writer), San Frickin' Frisco, Baby!, December 04, 2011

Do your art whatever it is and tell everyone else to hit the road.

“Why are you wasting all your time doing that blog?”

“Do you think you’ll ever sell any of those short stories?”

“Who’s going to buy any of those silly illustrations you draw?”

“How long have you been working on that damn screenplay?”

People who ask these questions don’t get it and they never will. It’s not about the money. Sure, cash is nice, but you can’t take it with you. I always think about what a rich person probably says on their death bed.

“Damn! I left too much on the table!”

When I exit the planet, my table will have nothing left on it, because every day I pursue one or more creative endeavors passionately. I don’t let bills, work, barking dogs or naysayers to get in my way. When I’m done with this life, my table will be bare. I will have gnawed the varnish off the surface and chewed on the legs. My table will be empty and it will look like shit, but I will die having known I loved every minute of it!

I was recently thinking about the endless pursuit to create, because I’ve encountered some really good writers who have just recently joined BrooWaha. It’s an exciting time for Broo. People like Uttam Gill, Debrah, D. Sager and Bessie Jewel have joined the ranks of BrooWaha and shared some really exceptional articles with us already. As they write more and more, the Broo writing community will continue to offer support and feedback, because that’s what writers covet the most--including exposure, of course.

So, while your so-called friends or family members question your motives, do your art, whatever it is. Are you a sculptor specializing in naked lawn gnomes? Your napkin doodles make marvelous collages? You like taking photos of hummingbirds having sex in mid-air? You host an open mic in your neighborhood; you’re a talking mime; you write extended Haiku—it does not matter. If it makes you happy and fills your soul, do it and tell your detractors to kiss your derriere.

Because unless we create we de-compose and it’s so easy to get caught in the daily maze. Make the necessary time from your crazy schedule and do what floats your boat and you will live much longer. Don’t be that old shriveled man or woman sitting in that hospital bed thinking, “I should have finished that novel. I should have pursued by painting more.” Do it today—even if you can only carve out 30 minutes for it, make the time and set goals.

My message here is create against all odds and damn everyone else. They’re enough of us out there who can support, encourage and provide constructive criticism about your work, so gravitate away from the negativity and live to create for yet another day!



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Ed Attanasio is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Marcy Lynne on December 04, 2011 at 02:36 pm

So well said! And you are so right. I have no interest in climbing Mt. Everest or skydiving, but spending time with the creative process...man, that's livin'!

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By Steelesque News on December 04, 2011 at 05:02 pm

Thx Ed! I find myself having those discussions with myself all the time. It's nice to know that other writers face identical obstacles whatever they may be. Let the haters hate and the creators create....shit I might use that!!

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By Notumbus Bumbus on December 04, 2011 at 05:32 pm

I always say the same thing about desert, when someone says it's not good to have much desert. I always reply, ya know, not one human being ever got to their last moment of life and said, man, I wish I hadn't enjoyed that desert so much. I mean, NOBODY ever said that! And for me, writing and desert go together, well, like desert and writing, painting, etc.!

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By TonyBerkman on December 04, 2011 at 06:42 pm

Amen

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By D. Sager on December 04, 2011 at 07:26 pm

**Bravo, Clap, Clap, Bravo** holy crap couldn't have said it better. "Because unless we create we de-compose...".

*Bows humbly before the master*, thanks for the props brother...ride on. Peace.

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By Bessie Jewel on December 04, 2011 at 09:31 pm

Thanks, Ed, for that positive encouragement we all need!

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By Uttam Gill on December 05, 2011 at 05:16 am

Thanks Ed for your encouraging reference...I wish to grow and writing is helping me...I humbly own up that writing to me is like having a sex with every word I write...Ed this article stimulates my mind more...Yes, I have one more day to live so I will write...

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By Eva Grace on December 05, 2011 at 01:24 pm

Great article Ed! Thanks for the mention... wrting is my passion and my therapy.

Love your desciption of leaving your table bare - that is the beauty of being an artist... what we create is left behind forever.

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By Gregory John Smith on December 10, 2011 at 06:12 am

So many people die doing what they hate doing and never understand why they didn't do what they enjoy doing when they first had the time.

Live your life to the full, follow your dreams, help thy neighbor, do your stuff and as long as it doesn't hurt anyone around you, make the best of it. Life is too short to consider all those frustrated opinions surrounding each and every one of us.........

Great article!

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By ktb322 on December 16, 2011 at 09:14 pm

Outstanding Ed! Its about enjoying life... Making it fulfilling and worthwhile... Outside of the other "daily must haves"...Like work! U r a shining example of luving life to the fullest and being creative and expressive. I am a work in progress in this area, so thanks for your article; i feel inspired!

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By HomeRearedChef on November 13, 2012 at 08:08 pm

Reading your post, Ed, just made me want to jump out of my chair and say, Alright-already, I'll get off my duff and just do it!!

I've got a few projects sitting on the burner, waiting. I've been afraid to give them a try, simply because I fear criticism. But I'll never know if I don't try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Thank you for the boost!

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