I Could have Done it Better; Not!

I heard someone talking about how they could have made a better movie than…. I can’t remember the flick, but it got me to thinking, as a writer—a creator—about all those people out there who think it’s so easy to write, to create something worthwhile.

I think many of them forget that when they say they could have done better, they’re talking about making something that already exists better. Maybe they could; making something better is usually easier than making something in the first place, but that’s not the point. While they’d begin with an existing piece of art, writing, painting, movie, whatever, the artist, writer, film maker, starts with this: ___________, a giant blank. A blank page, canvas, block of clay, or whatever.

The act of creating something out of nothing, which emanates from within ones own mind is magical. The act of editing, rewriting, assessing, critiquing, is important, but it’s almost always technical, and it’s certainly not normally creative.

So, the next time you’re about to let the world know, you could’ve done better, go out and try creating something out of nothing. Only then you might have standing to utter those words.

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