Monday, October 7, 2013
In the book, the author relates the following anecdote:
“Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’”
Farther down the page, Pressfield elaborates, explaining that just the simple act of sitting down to do our work makes way for inspiration.
So here I am, between mosaic projects, and feeling adrift. I have some vague ideas about projects I want to pursue, the key word here being “vague.” What better time to test this theory! What will happen if I just start working? Won’t know unless I try. Out to the garage I go – maybe looking through my stock of plates will shake loose an idea or two …
I laid out some plates on the garage floor, loosely sorting them into color families. Number one canine Daisy assisted.
Hmmm, this combo looks promising: shades of purple with beige. (And to think I almost didn’t buy the beige!)
Preliminary conclusion: it would appear that perhaps there IS something to the “just get started” theory of creativity. I will continue the test.
Are you waiting for inspiration? What would happen if you just got started?