No Matter What – Day 16

Magic book with magic lights

Today is a Bonus Day!

By now you know I’m an avid reader.  At any given time there are easily a dozen books vying for my attention.

Right now I’ve got two on loan from our school’s library, three queued up on my Kindle, and two more that just arrived from Amazon yesterday.

This morning I chose to read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m only on the second or third chapter but I’ve already gleaned so many gems about the creative process that have helped calm me down and write no matter what, I wanted to pass them along.

Because you’re reading this, I know you, too, are subject to bouts of creative inspiration and genius and wrestle with how to harness these fleeting states so you can command them at will.  Or at least when you are attempting to write a blog post.

Here are the words from Ms. Gilbert that spoke to me this morning. I suspect you can relate.

“I don’t demand a translation of the unknown.  I don’t need to understand what it all means, or where ideas are originally conceived, or why creativity plays out as unpredictably as it does.  I don’t need to know why we are sometimes able to converse freely with inspiration, when at other times we labor hard in solitude and come up with nothing.  I don’t need to know why an idea visited you today and not me.  Or why it visited us both.  Or why it abandoned us both.

None of us can know such things, for these are among the great enigmas.

All I know for certain is that this is how I want to spend my life – collaborating to the best of my ability with forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.

It’s a strange line of work, admittedly.

I cannot think of a better way to pass my days.

My sentiments exactly.  If you get a chance, check out Big Magic. And then create something this weekend  – no matter what.


Gillian’s prompts will be back on Monday.  In the meantime, share your favorite book on creative inspiration or the creative process in the comments below.

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