The Creative Process: Honesty

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The movie “A Star Is Born” came out a few weeks ago. From what I’ve read about the film, it is the fourth remake. I have yet to see the movie, but I want to.

Nevertheless, I’ve watched some interviews with Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga, who stars in the film with Bradley Cooper.

One particular part of an interview stuck out to me. Stephen Colbert asked Lady Gaga if she ever felt like she wasn’t being honest in her music, if she ever wished she could redo something because she did not approach it as honestly as she should have.

Lady Gaga responded:

I try not to do that because with my records and my music, you know, it is always exactly where I am at and that’s as honest as I can be. If I wished I could have tweaked something in the mix here or there or, you know, maybe sang a little part a little differently, I try not to be hard on myself about those things because the most honest thing I can be is exactly what it was, you know. And if that is what I wanted to say in that moment, that’s what I am saying. That’s it.

As someone who uses words to process life events via this blog, I tremendously appreciate her response. Hearing that was another example of one of those moments in life when someone finally put to words exactly how I’ve felt about that exact question.

To be honest, I’ve looked back at a few letters I’ve written to people and wondered why I said what I said. I’ve even looked back at some of my old posts and wondered why I said certain things. It is important for me to say I have not edited my posts, nor will I.

Like Lady Gaga, I firmly believe my writing is as honest as it can be when I publish it.

My opinion may change as time goes on, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t honest back then. For, like her, “If that’s what I wanted to say in that moment, that’s what I am saying.” I must also add much of what I’ve said or shared, I’ve felt called to share through the Holy Spirit working in my heart.

And above all things, I am confident that God will use my words—no matter their form or publish date—for His good and glory. Therefore, if He leads someone to be inspired by something I wrote three years ago, all I can say to that is, “Glory Halleluiah! Praise Jesus!”

Yet, I am extremely thankful she made it a point to say she tries to not be hard on herself about those things. As artists and creative people, it can be challenging not to beat ourselves up over what we’ve said when. But, if one approaches their work honestly, he or she should not be upset.

I think that is why many artists view their albums as chapters in their lives, as a reflection of a current season. But, it is this very belief that baffles me when people criticize artists for changing themselves as their career evolves.

I can assure you I am not the person I was when I started this blog three and a half years ago, nor will I be the same person five years or even a year from now. Therefore, as I change, so will my writing. Likewise, just as artists change, so will their craft.

All that being said, Lady Gaga’s response holds much significance to me because it gives me peace about writing an autobiography one day. I am sure years after I publish the book, I will start to doubt why I said certain things.

But, I know in my heart of hearts, what I write will be a true representation of how I feel about and view certain life experiences. Therefore, I can’t be upset about being honest. Instead, I can be grateful I shared my story in the first place.

My call to you is this: As cliché as it sounds, be honest. Honesty truly is the best policy. If you are honest in life, you don’t have to try to be someone you aren’t, especially in a creative sense.

Honesty comes naturally in creativity. It is why people like Lady Gaga can write a song in five minutes or why I can write a blog post in 15 minutes. When you’re honest, the story you want to tell will bleed through.

Perhaps that’s why Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

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