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Robin: The Writing Is THE Thing

While watching the premiere of Handmade Nation By Faythe Levine a few years ago, I latched onto the phrase “gateway drug” referring to the means by which an artist meanders into the art/craft genre. I have been thinking about what that “drug” would be for me and I know for sure writing is THE thing. It is the one thing I gravitate to when I feel at my wits’ end. Writing brings this gift to my life which allows me to renew the hope that life is ALL about the process and that going through the process is worth it. Equally fulfilling these last several months is recognizing that others experience this same satisfaction when they are drawing or crocheting or crafting mosaics or jewelry making. A mentor of mine sent me an e-mail around this same time. He posed the question: “how are you doing with the ‘what next” now that your seminary degree is completed?” I almost deleted the e-mail; the words were too hot to even live in my inbox. The following week I got an invitation for the commencement ceremony for my alma mater. Again, a knock at my door which I was not ready to answer. I answered the e-mail later in the week this way: “I would have never expected it to look like this — my life, I mean. I do not know what to do but I do know what I am not doing: writing.” He responded quickly, “What is it you think you should be writing?” Since then, I have found many ways to exercise that writing muscle: through blogging, whether it be on my blog or as a guest blogger. And I strings words and thoughts together for cards and mixed media. I am amazed at how a series of events coming together at the right time can challenge you in such a life changing way. How about you? What is YOUR THING that fuels all things creative? [photo credit]

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  1. sometimes i need to shake things up with something else, like gardening or baking or an outside the box meal or doodling, but generally, it is writing that does it for me – some journaling, blogging or a poem may take me outside of my manuscript for a bit, but always fires me back up for it. and trips to the beach or something active and engaging with the family to just take me out of obsessing about the manuscript to the point of a block.

    August 26, 2010
  2. Wow, this is a loaded question, what fuels my creativity? First, I guess not doing anything creative. When I am caught up in my job or even just in life and nothing creative is going on I feel a physical urge to get into my studio. It is a drive that in some was even I don’t understand but I know that nothing is better than getting into my studio and having a clean space (which means I am ready to start a project). As I work along I try to remember that there will be a time in the near future when I will hate whatever I am working on but never to give up…keep going and in the end I will arise with a complete piece of artwork!!

    August 26, 2010
  3. Cath C I would say I agree with you -family time and ESPECIALLY outdoors really is very stimulating for me too. And Millie, I hear about the NEED for a clean, empty space to begin new things. There is a saying about cluttered spaces and it affecting the mind, right? For sure it affects my creativity!

    August 28, 2010

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