Advice? for Andrew

There has been emotional/relationship inspiration and advice on here so far;however, I was expecting to see more of what influences you as a creative idealist. You’ve created a blog and I know a few people attempting to express themselves in a variety of forms through the same means. My questions I hope get answered from the heart and inspire these people.

When expressing yourself, what are some tips and tricks to letting yourself freely talk? What gives you the inspiration to give the honesty truth and be real about whatever advice is asked? Are you ever vague out of respect? There is an endless supply of advice and topics to throw at you but besides the random questions what area would you feel most comfortable to attack and confront?

Your advice and insight into your own world could certainly inspire others. With that said I do not doubt you will give these questions the full amount of yourself they deserve.

Thank you and wish the best of luck for you in whatever it is you strive towards in doing this.

Dear Andrew,

First off, I want to thank you for this submission. One of the reasons I had originally wanted to pursue the Need Advice? portion of the blog was to help inspire me and also to challenge me. I wanted these submissions to work my creative muscles just a little bit past my comfortability. So far (and nothing against the other submissions, of course), I have received mostly requests for advice on relationships. While I respect this, and can understand that relationships are most definitely complex, confusing and sometimes consuming (sadly), that is not what I intended this blog to be about.

Inspiration, for me and I’m sure for other creative individuals, comes and goes in waves. Sometimes I find it hard to sit down and focus on something long enough to crank out a post, because it feels forced. Sometimes it will hit my on my lunch break, which is a total downer, because the initial wave has long since settled by the time I make it back to my keyboard. Unfortunately, this is how working a 9 to 5 (or in my case 7 – 3:30) works. It sucks that passion right out of our grasp, and doesn’t allow, much less encourage time to pursue anything else. It will hit me while driving, while discussing daily events via the shitty cell phone connection at my apartment (thanks a lot, T-Mobile), while scrolling through people’s Facebook status updates. I’ve learned that I have a lot to say, and there’s a lot that sparks my interest, but I’m still learning how to ignite the fire, especially after a long day.

When actually sitting down to write a post, whether that be a request for advice or a random topic that hit me on my lunch break 3 weeks previous, I just write. Straight through. I will lightly scan through to make sure there are no obvious spelling or grammatical errors, and then I will post it. I hardly EVER edit. I find that if I sit down and read too much into the post I’ve just written, I pick it apart, switch things around and end up sounding robotic, which is the opposite of what I want to sound like. I’m sure all of my fellow writers are scoffing at this, and all my high school English teachers would die reading that confession, but I don’t like to edit. I think one of my strengths in my writing is my ability make others hear my voice while reading my words, which makes it so much more relatable. And editing, in my opinion, completely kills that voice.

As far as the ability or the inspiration to be completely honest…. That was instilled in me from childhood. I don’t lie. In fact, I have a very hard time doing so. I was raised to believe honesty is the best policy, and I feel wrong if I’m dishonest. If I were asking someone for advice, I wouldn’t want them to lie to me for the sake of tiptoeing around my feelings. I want a straight up answer, which is what I give to anyone asking advice from me. Some people don’t like that. I can appreciate that. But remember the golden rule? “Treat others how you wish to be treated.” How would my advice help anyone if it wasn’t honest?

In terms of comfortability in a certain topic, I’m not sure I do have an area of expertise. I have experience dabbling in a lot of little things, I have a lot of opinions and I’ve done a lot of research. But I’m not an expert in really anything; I’m too young to be any sort of expert. I just appreciate the opportunity to expand my knowledge, my creativity, and hopefully help someone out in doing so.

I hope this answers your questions. I greatly appreciate the depth of your questions, the time it took you to ask such meaningful questions, and the fact that you cared to see what my honest answers were. This definitely provided me with inspiration, gave me a bit of a challenge, and provided me with an interesting topic to tackle. I’d say even though it’s a few months late, it was much needed.

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