For the Conscious Writer
The end goal is supposed to be a stark contrast from the beginning.Saschia Johnson
This is a quote taken from yesterday. When I wrote it, I was referring to the piece of art itself. But I forgot how much art changes us as artists.
I have been thinking about yesterday’s post all day and I couldn’t figure out why that sentence was standing out to me. What I’ve come to think is what stands out is the cliché that all endings are new beginnings. When we finish writing one book, that doesn’t mean our life is over and done with. When a project reaches fruition, we don’t wash our hands with life and move onto another dimension. When we dive full force into our projects and creations they often lead to other things. So what’s wild is your art if you’re arting properly, should continue on and (if you believe in that type of thing) into the next life.
Let’s create the scene: You go into your project with the question or problem your bringing to attention. You’ve got your mediums, your plans, your research. Now it’s time for the work. While you’re working you mind is focused on it. You’re outlining the life of a homeless man. You put yourself in his shoes. You’re tracing the face of a woman who deserves a better life and you capture it in her tired smile. Thinking about it this way, made me realize the other end isn’t a stark difference because it’s complete or better than where it started which was non existence. It’s a stark difference because your perception of that project has change throughout development.
It’s the same with a good research paper. You start out with a question and you have experience and education so you make an educated guess. Here’s mine. My initial drive in college was to find ways to make women more ambitious. Then when I did my research I realized women were not only extremely ambitious but also resilient. What they needed was time to heal from generations of mistreatment. Whether in our generation or handed down to us from past generations. When I shifted my mindset, it really helped me connect better with myself and my project. There’s nothing I want more than a world full of healed women. And I have learned that any statement like that means the true work starts with myself.
So back to the end “The End” The end of what? One project? One question? One lifestyle. There’s really no The End to our art. It’s eternal as long as there’s eyes to see it. The only thing that ends is the old perceptions transforming into new ideas.