I’ve been concentrating on painting these last couple of months. In January, I participated in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge put on by Leslie Saeta. And in March, I participated in the daily painting challenge put on by my studio and gallery.
In painting, they say if you paint the same subject every day for 30 days, you will master that subject. I’m not sure I mastered cat faces by painting 30 of them during January, but I must say, the ones I’m painting now are looking more and more like real cats everyday.
That’s the key isn’t it? The same holds true for writing. It’s a fluke if you can sit down and write a best seller without lots of practice. Some writers do have a natural affinity for putting words together, but most of us need daily practice and study.
Another necessity to a writing career is perseverance. Perseverance applies to all creative endeavors. Before you write, it’s good to develop a healthy attitude about rejection. People don’t have to like what you do. But, you have to be satisfied with what you do and the effort you put into it.
I still have many of the first kitties I painted in that first 30-day challenge. The ones I’m painting now are much better. But, I keep those early ones to remind me that once I thought they were good and shouldn’t be rejected. Same goes for the ones I’m painting now. Someday, there will be another group that surpasses them as well.
The message: whether it’s writing, painting, dancing, etc., keep striving, keep practicing and day by day you will improve.