Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Creative (which this title is not)

Working on a brand new project today.

In need of inspiration and vision. Clarification and creativity.

So these quotes are bouncing round my mind at the moment:

"The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.” — Carl Ally

Oh that is so me, and all my wide-ranging interests!

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

I love fun. Seriously, I'm all about the fun. Mary Lou is right, it is fun when everything is clicking and you are creating and working in the "flow."  But it is hard work when it's not flowing, yet this the time you have available to be productive.  And it's scary sometimes to break rules and risk mistakes. Sometimes creating or writing is bliss for me, other times it's like opening an artery and spilling blood onto the project or page.  But even when it's that difficult, there is a sense of reward in the process and satisfaction in the finish.

"You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

Love his spunky spirit.  Perhaps I need to set a club by my desk!

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” — Henry Ward Beecher

True.  But as Christians (re)created in His image, we are also painting God's nature. That's a weighty honor. So I'll be sure and set an open Bible by that club.

You working on anything at the moment? Wishing you some creative productivity today.


  1. Oh, wow.... I can totally identify to this post!!!! Especially the first quote! I am interested in everything! And what am working on is my very first novel (I'm about 50,000 words into it), so I can relate to not having that spark when you have the time to sit down with your project. Seems like ideas T-bone my brain at the most inconvenient times like while in the shower or at 3AM! Good luck to you today! (It's quite possible we are kindred souls, though you are much more polished and educated than I am... I am so glad I started reading your blog!)

  2. I mostly agree with Mary Lou...My creativity is in crafting...sewing, making cards, homemaking, etc...Trial and error (I know error and success when I see it--but sometimes only then) Creativity is something that God has given me and if I do not have an outlet for it I can feel that something is wrong...Make sense? He does not always give me direction...waiting for me to move first. It is so much fun, though...Sue R


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