1 Simple Trick for Overcoming the Creativity Fear

30 07 2010

© July 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

As a beginner writer you may think that each time you get stuck in your creative process, there is something intrinsically wrong with you. That’s your fear speaking! At that moment, when Fear has grabbed your attention and you are all ears to what it is telling you, remember:  Fear is the enemy of creativity. So what do you do to overcome that emotion?

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The Daemon of Creativity

27 07 2010

©July 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Creativity and suffering are not synonymous! There I said it! As I undertake my first steps into creativity, I am struck by the enormous pressure creative people have to bear.

If they are unknown, they have to deal with the fear based reaction of their family and friends. “Aren’t you afraid you are never going to be successful? Aren’t you afraid of the continuous rejection you will have to deal with? Aren’t you afraid that you are going to devote your entire life to this craft and nothing will ever come out of it? No money, no rewards, no glory? Aren’t you afraid at the end of your life to see only heaps of broken dreams slathered with the bitter taste of failure?

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That Special Book in My Life

9 07 2010

Her  Lover (Belle du Seigneur) from Albert Cohen. And I have read it over and over. I do not care for the plot, although I find it a very interesting, realistic, passionate and sometimes cruel study of love, the consummation of love and everything this words encompasses. But what fascinates me about the book is the intrinsic musicality of the book.There is no other way that I can define it, That book is music to me. I do not see the words, but hear the music that springs from it. Albert Cohen’s writing is so melodious to my ears that I fall under its spell every time I read it. To me, the book is not a book, but a melody, a symphony of rhythm, coloratura and composition that just fascinates me,  I do not know how the musicality of the book translates into English, but in the original French, it just enthralls me and resonates with me at a very deep level to the the point that the story does not matter. This is the only book I had such a reaction too in all my years of book worming.

My Favorite Mistake

1 07 2010

As a writer in training I am loving these little prompts. Modern Haiku in the age of blogging? I can exercise imagination and humor. Yeah!

Disney’s Annoying Mistakes

The one I will make. Past mistakes are done and over. I might have learned from them or not. But a future mistake is a an opportunity to start anew much like the Chinese character for crisis which encompasses difficulties but also opportunities.

If I Had Unlimited Resources, I Would…

30 06 2010

If I had unlimited resources I would

That’s a lot of pressure to come up with a inspirational, fun and witty answer. But the truth is I don’t know. This is the kind of question we are seldom confronted with in real life. If I was a Miss Universe pageant I would say “World Peace”. But I am not. I am a middle aged woman bent on developing her passion for astrology, creativity and herself. Sure, unlimited resources to create whatever we want seems like a dream come true. But would it be fun? Helpful? Inspirational. Would it help me become a better person? I think this is a choice we have to make everyday independently of the amount of resources available. But it certainly could make for interesting times and stories.

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Just Mafalda (No Astrology Today)

3 06 2010

©June 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Mafalda If Asterix was my favorite comic hero growing up, Mafalda became my favorite inspirational cartoon as a teenager and young adult.

More than 30 years ago, I found Mafalda in France in my friend Isabelle’s kitchen. The strip was taped on the refrigerator. I still remember that strip about Mafalda’s friend Libertad: A diminutive girl whose name means “Freedom,” an actual name in Spanish. In the story, when everybody makes the obvious remark (about freedom being diminutive) she answers, “Reach your own stupid conclusions.”

Isabelle had Mafalda book after Mafalda book piled high near the toilet. I spent a lot of time on that toilet.

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My Cultural Voice — The Danger of the Single Story for the Identity Adventurer

31 05 2010

©May 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

One of the reasons I blog is that Astrology Unboxed helps me find my own voice. Something that is hard to hear when you have multiple cultural voices. Being multicultural (French, American and Brazilian) felt to me a good conversation piece at a cocktail party but not something you really were proud of. I felt too rootless to really enjoy it as an added benefit of who I am. However this week, I was reminded that our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.

I listened to a speech that Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie, presented at the last TED conference [link to this speech?]. Her speech tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story (a cultural story that excludes any other) about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”

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