Quote of the Day: A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann
I’d like to debate that Thomas Mann quote. Substitute the word that describes you and your art or skill. Is it harder for you to create, or easier? In some ways it’s easier. You have the desire. You think of ways to describe things. I often find myself reacting to a situation or person or event like a writer. I start thinking of how I can describe it for other people so that they can experience it through my work. Then, the “it’s harder” part comes in. I agonize over just the write words and phrasings.
It’s like getting yourself all geared up for that big climb, like Eric on the ropes course up there. My boys had a preview of their camp experience by going to Camp Shamineau with their class this spring. It gave them the spark of desire. They tasted success and thrilled at the adventure. But, it was still a little scary stretching themselves a little further, sleeping away from home, trying new things, meeting new people.
Last night, it stormed – loud and long. I was awake for a while. Then, I felt restless and couldn’t fall back to sleep. All that crash, bang, boom must have been loud in those cabins. I wondered if it woke the boys. Who might have freaked out, and if the counselors got any sleep.
Yesterday, was one of those idyllic summer days, temps in the low 80s, low humidity, slight breeze, lots of sunshine. I sat on my deck in the afternoon and read a book. (Hey, the little guys are gone, I enjoyed the quiet time. I can clean house later.). I thought, what a great day to be a camper. Last night, during the storm, I thought, it’s a bit more challenging to be a camper right now.
Such is our artistic life. Sometimes the words come easy. We can see the description in our heads, or just know the right color and texture combination in our art. Musicians hit the combination of notes that sends shivers through your body. Then, there are times when you erase what you’ve written, paint over the first layer on the canvas, or try new combinations of notes. When it’s your thing, you want it to be just right, and that’s when you know it’s work, but you love it. It’s a hard climb, but it’s worth it.
I’m trying to find the best time to have my play performed with the cast who loves it the most. I want it to be perfect. Maybe I need to let go of “Perfect” (the unattainable), and let the creative forces take over. I met two lovely and talented young women this week – at the coffee shop, of course. They get my play and want to be in it. I am so encouraged by that – people willing to take a risk with me, a new playwright, and my original play.
Okay, Creative Spirit, take it away. I’m geared up and ready for the climb and glad I have supportive friends holding the ropes.
Go. Create. Inspire! (and be sure to wear your protective gear)
Journaling Prompt: What’s the next project for you? Where do you want to go with your artist’s life?
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Mary, very exciting for you and your play!!! I think words are my bestfriend and sometimes my worst enemy depending on the day. But somehow, I always forgive the word and get back together with it. Why? Love!
Mary, this is great. I really believe it too. Early in my career, a co-worker told me that people tend to choose careers in which they feel inadequate, knowing that they can work on what they don’t know. At the time I wasn’t sure, but now I see the truth in it. We are drawn toward that which we want to master.
“It’s a hard climb, but it’s worth it.”
Well said my friend. Well said.
Go. Create. Inspire. As much as I love that, the first quote on this blog post says it all.
Doesn’t writing feel so dang hard sometimes?
I laughed when I read that quote because it resonated with me. It’s hard because we love words so deeply, and like you said, want it to be perfect. *pulls on helmet*
I think you hit it – it’s the creative ebb and flow that make it challenging.
And don’t worry mom, I’m sure the boys are fine.
Congratulations on attaining some free time (from the kiddos anyway:-) and finding interest in your play. Best of luck with the production!
Congrats on the news about your play.
I agree with the quote, because I think a true writer cares about their writing enough to perfect it, which makes it harder. As you said, there are times when the words flow beautifully and times when you can’t seem to get a sentence to work the way you want it to. Someone with a real passion for writing sticks with it and works through those tough times. Someone without that passion shrugs and moves on to something else.
I agree. It’s both hard and easy as a writer… sometimes the words come more naturally than other times. Right now I’m in a creative slump, unable to think of much worth writing about…and that’s when maybe it’s time for a break and just live for awhile.
On a happier note, great news about your play! 🙂
Hello!!! Long time no chat 🙂 What an awesome post for me to come back to. It really speaks to me right now, working on this degree as well as some new writing projects coming up. I’m stepping out in a direction that’s foreign in the sense of “but I never thought THAT was where I belonged”. But I’m excited. Some fiction, some non-fiction. We’ll see how it goes. For right now, I’m keeping the details close to heart. A bit harder to speak out when things are new, you know?
Enjoy your free time while the boys are away.
Always a pleasure to read your thoughts!
How cool that people want to be in your play! I bet it’s wonderful. Let the creative forces take over; perfect is boring.
I love this post! It’s so true, writing ebbs and flows and we’re always questioning if we got it right:) Although challenging, none of us would trade it for les taxing gigs.