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January 29, 2013

I stumbled upon this quote this morning, and it completely made sense to me. When I was creating artwork it was a long process of research, digesting information, considering different angles, turning these thoughts into a piece (an actual piece of work, a body of work, a drawing, a sentence, a thought). At times it felt as though I was spending too long on something; that my time could be spent more productively, I should be moving quicker, realising the answer faster, deciding on the material sooner. But it doesn’t work like that. So when a process can take weeks (months), I would often think that I should be doing something else. For me, writing is something different. It can be much more instant. I can write something that I’m happy with in less than an hour, less than ten minutes, in a few seconds, and it can satisfy me in many of the same ways that making artwork once did. Maybe in more ways. When I’m writing it’s like there is a bubble around my brain and I’m really not aware of anything around me; there is a connection between my brain and my fingertips that lets the thoughts and words collecting in my brain pour out (bleed out) onto the screen, and when I take a moment to breath and read through it, I can’t remember what has been going on in those last few minutes. It’s like a blank sequence, or a pause in time.

What do you find inspiring? How do you like to be creative?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2013 8:12 pm

    I think that’s really beautiful. I wish I was a better writer, I think I’m more artistic with visual things. I studied art and there was times when I would be painting when I could get lost in the same way you do when writing. I need to get back to that again me thinks x

  2. January 29, 2013 11:17 pm

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. I find the same all-consuming escape in writing. For me, writing is an art of painting a picture of words – of transferring an abstract concept in my mind into something more tangible. Writing helps me make sense of the world and I couldn’t imagine life without it. Bliss.

  3. January 30, 2013 1:15 am

    I love that quote….I always remember someone asking me why I loved ballet so much and I told them that when I was in the studio I’d rather be nowhere else and then as soon as class finished, I always wished it was just beginning :-) It’s like when you find certain things in life and you land in a place that you understand, where you belong :-) I look forward to your novel Ms Trout ;-) xxx

    • January 30, 2013 11:27 am

      Totally – there are always things in life that you do because you feel you should do, so when you find something that you love and willingly do, well that’s the dream!

  4. January 31, 2013 5:48 am

    I love this post! And the quote. I think it’s something that I used to know, forgot about for awhile, and have rediscovered through blogging. Writing is such a great outlet – for stress, for creativity, for anything.

    Keep writing, girl! I really enjoy reading your posts.


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