This painting is called Waiting. It’s autobiographical.
I posted it here because it’s about my creative imagination
and how sometimes I have to just sit still and wait-
for the images to come out of the dark.
I am writing a new play.
The working title is Ladder of Angels.
It is a work of imagination. Fiction.
I am finding the story as I go along.
It is a bit like catching butterflies at night.
My writing community Wet Ink Collective—
right now is deep in a ten week writing intensive.
We have all set ourselves the challenge of
completing a draft of a play in ten weeks.
Crazy yes! Scary? Yes. Exciting. Yes.Yes Yes!!!!
!2 writers meet once a week and spend three hours
reading and discussing each others new pages–
with the idea of everyone emerging at the end with a completed
script in their hot little hands.
It can be a rough draft, a second draft whatever?
It doesn’t matter. The goal is getting it done–
and not chickening out along the way.
We are all swimming across a wide lake of our own creative dreams
and some of us are already gasping for air–
But we are there for each other–
keeping each other afloat.
Its all about being fearless and trusting
that the creative imagination will open up
and the words and images will flow out– if we allow them.
And– to tame the inner critic enough to keep going.
I am not one who believes that the inner critic is my enemy.
When my critic sticks with sensible though ruthless commentary about
the authenticity of my characters, or the flow of a scene– she can be very
helpful. It’s only when she makes it personal and starts telling me I am not worthy
and can not rise to the task or that I will never achieve my dreams–
that is when she must be sent to her room.
So now I challenge/encourage/invite you– my readers– to set the goal–
to complete a draft of something–anything–in a designated period of time
and find some one, or a group, to hold you to the task.
Is is a short story that you would like to set down for a writing contest?
Is it the family story you want to write? Is it the book
that you have been thinking about for years and years?
Set a goal. Make a deadline– and grab some creative supporters
who will keep you honest and accountable. Do it.
Defeat resistance. Face your fear. Keep that promise you
made to yourself. Be fearless.