Monday, October 7, 2013
Making Way For Inspiration
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?
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I have owned that book for years! You are, perhaps, the second person I know who has it. :) And, yes, we just have to "start" our art and let inspiration perk up.ReplyDelete
You know it, Robin! Thanks for stopping by.Delete
I think you're on to something here, Kelli. Just placing yourself in the space where you create gets the ball rolling. And I love your assistant!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lisa! (I'll make sure my assistant gets a biscuit.)Delete
must get that book :) sounds like just what I need!ReplyDelete