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You must read the following manifesto “How To Be Creative” from Hugh MacLeod, a guy who doodles on the back of business cards. Let me give you a taste…

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

Then when you hit puberty they take the
crayons away and replace them with books
on algebra etc. Being suddenly hit years
later with the creative bug is just a wee
voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back,
please.”

So you’ve got the itch to do something. Write a screenplay, start a painting, write a book, turn
your recipe for fudge brownies into a proper business, whatever. You don’t know where the
itch came from; it’s almost like it just arrived on your doorstep, uninvited. Until now you were
quite happy holding down a real job, being a regular person…Until now.

You don’t know if you’re any good or not, but you’d think you could be. And the idea terrifies
you. The problem is, even if you are good, you know nothing about this kind of business.
You don’t know any publishers or agents or all these fancy-shmancy kind of folk. You have a
friend who’s got a cousin in California who’s into this kind of stuff, but you haven’t talked to
your friend for over two years…

Besides, if you write a book, what if you can’t find a publisher? If you write a screenplay, what
if you can’t find a producer? And what if the producer turns out to be a crook? You’ve always
worked hard your whole life; you’ll be damned if you’ll put all thathere ain’t no pot of gold at the end of this dumb-ass rainbow…

Heh. That’s not your wee voice asking for the crayons back. That’s your outer voice, your
adult voice, your boring and tedious voice trying to find a way to get the wee crayon voice to
shut the hell up.

Your wee voice doesn’t want you to sell something. Your wee voice wants you to make
something. There’s a big difference. Your wee voice doesn’t give a damn about publishers or
Hollywood producers.

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