I've been out of the loop for a couple of weeks partly because of friends and relatives visiting for one reason or another but also because I've been working on a project that is so new and scary for me I've had difficulty articulating the idea. I've decided to try my hand at writing a book. So what’s so scary you ask? Anyone can write a book, setting aside the judgement of whether the result is good or bad of course. There are plenty of instructional courses online and/or books that make the method clear, the questions then are what do you have to say and perhaps, why do you feel compelled to say it?
The answer to the first question will have to wait until I am a little further down the road and ready to share thoughts that are still swirling. Today I want to talk about the second question because it relates to my painting as well as writing and I’m hoping to invite response should anyone have a thought or opinion to add.
To my mind all forms of art whether they are presented in images or words are about communicating with other human beings, sharing knowledge, insight, thoughts, feelings, inspiration or opinions. I would go further to say that it is about raising our own consciousness and opening pathways of thought for the consideration of others also. If this is so then does it really matter what form creativity takes or is it more important to remain open and flexible?
I am inspired by the courage of Sue Bender, author of ‘Plain and Simple’ and ‘Everyday Sacred’ who said that although she had no experience with writing and certainly didn't consider herself a writer she felt compelled to listen to that inner voice that demanded attention.
No, not the one that says “what the hell do you think you’re doing?” I’m pretty sure she meant the kinder, gentler one that says "why not?" and sets our feet on strange new paths that result in personal growth.
I am also greatly encouraged by my super supportive friend, Susan, who says it can't be any scarier than a big blank canvas can it? I don't know, can it? I guess I'll find out, wish me luck.