I have compared writers and creatives to entrepreneurs. We are visionaries, we are rebels, we want to see our ideas WORK. We work in a sometimes seemingly hostile, risk averse environment and we have to be business savvy and yet also preserve that part of us that creates, whether we are creating stories or apps or new technology.
But our creation won’t see the light of day unless we get the money, the producers, the investors to make it real. And these are business people who are afraid of risks. So how do you create in that environment? How do you continue to not only feel hopeful and inspired but to surmount obstacles to your creativity like competition, scarce funds and constantly hearing the word “no” or “maybe”?
First of all the scarcity thing just isn’t true. There is more demand than ever for content, entertainment and for technology. We are living in a golden age for creatives. Even if it doesn’t seem like it sometimes.
I have written a lot about staying inspired about creating for the sheer pleasure of it. And I still absolutely stand by this line of thinking. If you aren’t having fun with your writing or your visionary idea, then something elemental and important is missing.
But how DO you navigate the inevitable disappointments and minefields of being a creative in a very competitive environment? Does Start Up Nation have anything to teach writers and creatives across the pond?
If you haven’t read Start Up Nation, you should. It the story of the “economic miracle” of Israel. A country surrounded by enemies, with no natural resources, but with more start ups per capita than much larger, more peaceful nations. How do we do it?
When the going gets tough – and it’s always tough – Israelis don’t take no for an answer. They just find another way.
Don’t take no for an answer. Your script didn’t take off? How’s your novel going? Stuck on that for awhile? How about that great blog you started last year, how’s the readership on that? Have you pitched an essay to an online publication you admire?
There are many trails up the mountain, but in time, they all reach the top.
~ Anya Seyton
Perhaps instead of waiting for the Hollywood system, which is risk averse and mysteriously, seemingly rigged, you make your own system and make an indie film or publish your own book or start your own blog. Perhaps your amazing app, which didn’t take off so well, is actually going to take off hugely in another niche. It happens.
Let “no” invigorate you. Nature abhors a vacuum. If you are creating and telling stories and adding to the human narrative with your vision – there IS someone who wants what you’ve got.
Writers and entrepreneurs have a lot to teach each other – a sort of symbiosis soup of creativity, flexibility and persistence. But Start Up Nation can teach writers something even more – don’t wait for conditions to be just right – MAKE the right conditions.
Do you need help with your script, novel or business presentation? In Israel, call Julie Gray at 052-748-0934 or click here to see my full site.