The kids have been back in school for nearly a month and that means coherent thought has slowly been returning to me in flashes of beauty and insight.
An idea for better character development in a manuscript I'm revising.
A plot twist that will make for a much more dramatic conflict in a new rough draft.
A clever way to
I've also started to read and listen to interviews from a wide range of authors. It's fascinating to see how all of us come at our craft from such different places. However, the best one I've read in the past few weeks is the one I found on Elizabeth Gilbert on Brain Pickings.
You should most definitely read and listen to the interview in its entirety (I've included the link below), but here's one quote to mull over on this beautiful fall morning:
"You know, [trying to force your writing/muse] is the same thing as the question of free will and destiny, the question of creativity — you, the artist, you’re not the puppet of the piano, you’re not the puppet of the muse, but you’re not its master, either. It’s a relationship, it’s a conversation, and all it wants is to be treated with respect and dignity — and it will return ten thousand times over."
For the rest of the interview, click here. And here's to not forcing our creativity, but instead allowing it the freedom found in any healthy relationship.