Monday Motivation

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso

So much depends on just showing up to the canvas, the page, the wheel. Picking up the instrument. Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art has a great quote by the playwright Somerset Maugham that nails it.

“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

Even if it means sitting and staring at the canvas, the page, etc, for an hour and a half, you show up. This is such an important key to tapping into the creative process, not to wait for inspiration or the right “mood,” but to show up, ready and open. Even it’s to stare into space for an hour, I’m here and ready. And If I become tired of staring then I start, make some move, to engage, and even if it’s crap, something may very well come out of it. If not, that’s ok, tomorrow I’ll be back at the “desk”. Same time same place.

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Recovering Creative

I live on a tiny island on the Canadian west coast with about 300 of my neighbours. I am a Red Seal chef and certified baker (retired), an artist, an amateur photographer. I write, (unpublished so hesitate to call myself A Writer) sing, and can bang out some reasonable sounding chords on a guitar. And I grow a veggie garden. Older, wiser, and armed with insights and experience, I am on a conscience pursuit of reclaiming my creative life. I see it as a career change. Next level.

2 thoughts on “Monday Motivation

  1. That’s what I lack. A regular commitment. Charlotte’s Covid story is in my head but I haven’t sat down and written it. Maybe your post will provide the inspiration to be committed to the process. Thanks!!

    1. It is a struggle to commit sometimes, there is always something else to be done first. For me it’s; I’ll get the housework done then I can sit down and concentrate, or maybe I should make bread and prep lunch or dinner first, etc. And that bothers me no end ! Especially since it’s just me and hubby at home now. But I’m slowly getting better at viewing my creative work as a professional would, or when I went to work everyday- that was a priority- I had to show up for work, everything else had to wait. Seems to be working so far 🙂 Cheers!

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