Ask yourself this question: How many artists are truly blissful?
“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”
– William Shakespeare
Previously, I wrote about finding “bliss” when painting—albeit painting “for sale” signs to help a neighbor sell a house.
You can read this post here
Speaking to Writers
How does painting and finding your bliss apply to writing?
You may be saying, “What in the world do I have to write about, and who would want to listen to me?”
Let me put this in more practical terms–speaking especially to aspiring writers. When I was writing the book “The Body Revolution Solution,” I was excited.
You can find that book here.
For the first time in 26 years, my children were on their own. The house was empty. I finally began doing something for myself. I was taking care of myself for the first time in a very long time, instead of the little people tugging at my skirt. This new path was transforming my body, changing my moods, and my outlook for a bright future. This was exciting to me, and I translated this excitement to the page as I was writing the book.
I was becoming an entirely new woman.
The discovery process brought joy.
An entirely new world was opening up through this new way of eating and exercising, which also helped with hormone fluctuations and hot flashes that I had been experiencing for many years.. This was a serious light bulb clicking on and off trying to get my attention.
Ah ha! A new book!
This new book, “Put the Pause in Your Menopause” can be found here.
The lesson for authors?
If you are going to write, why not write what you love?
What Makes You Happy?
Write what makes you happy.
Your joy will cause your words to simply flow onto the page like a cool, clear, rushing mountain stream. They will gush forth without forcing them.
Others will be blessed by what you have written because your talents will shine. There will be people who need to hear what you have written.
Here are a couple of lessons I gleaned while painting (this can be applied to anything you love doing).
Make sure to have a lot of paint on your brush
That advice seems so simple, but when I took a watercolor course from a grumpy watercolor instructor who wanted to withhold his knowledge on how to paint, I was afraid to get too much paint on my brush.
Perhaps I was fearful from his attitude of withholding information, and I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I didn’t want to waste the paint, and the colors came out weak.
Fear can cause you to hold back.
Dip that brush deep into the paint well and make broad strokes. In doing so, you will make an impact.
The colors will pop!
You can’t make broad and bold strokes if you don’t have a good dollop of paint on your brush.
Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
– Oliver Goldsmith
Don’t be afraid to dip into the paint of your talents and let your colors shine! Be who you really are—you will be joyful—and people will be attracted to that joy.
The world is woefully short on joy–and needs more of it.
Be the joy the world needs to see.
If you switch colors, make sure to clean off your paintbrush and dry it first.
In other words: Finish one thing before you move on to the next.
If you can visualize the entire picture, you may get ahead of yourself and want to jump ahead too quickly to the end. I paint the foundation on a flower or tree, and then I can readily see where I need to add more color.
I get excited and want to quickly dip into this other color.
Resist the temptation!
Let the first color dry.
Writers: Master the writing genre you are currently in–before you move on to another one.
I’ve currently written books in nonfiction and I am slowly moving to fiction. There is a learning curve. So give yourself grace. You are infallible and prone to mistakes. God gave His grace to us. Let’s give it to ourselves. I’m soaking up all the learning I can on writing romantic fiction.
I’m not a master, I’m an apprentice.
In this life, I will always consider myself an apprentice. I freely admit this.
I am a voracious learner.
I am a voracious reader.
I trust that I will learn what I need to know to move forward.
I go to the library and request 15-20 books. They sit here in a bag on the couch. I try to go through them one by one until I get bored. I glean what I can from each one of them. There is something to be learned from each book, and then it is time to move on.
Lessons We Can Learn from Paint
Paint colors can also teach us something.
Learn from them.
There is a world of colors. Each color portrays a different emotion.
Like paint colors, people are also all different. They have different tastes. They like to read a wide variety of books and topics.
Learn what your readers like.
How they think.
Now dip your paintbrush boldly into the well of your different colors. Write with color. Write with passion.
And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.
– J. K. Rowling
Note: This post is part 2 of “Finding Your Bliss”
Here’s Part One: Dip Into the Writing Well of your Bliss, Talents and Passions
Let me know what you can pull from your writing well of your bliss, talents, and passions to create your very own self-published book. What makes you happy?
Leave a comment. I’d love to know!
Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.