Today I had a great conversation with my daughter. We have been so busy, we haven’t had one of these talks in weeks… no, months. This was one of those “A to Z” conversations, where we discussed everything from sell-out singers to stuph we did as a family. We also talked about creativity, which, due to stresses of life, I have been lacking. I had been thinking about what to post over the last few days, and I was stuck. Big time. I was hoping that this long weekend would relax my mind enough to allow my creativity to blossom, but I got to today, and… nothing… I hate when that happens.
So Imani and I were talking, and lo and behold, something amazing happened. No, I didn’t get a huge revelation for a deep blog post, or anything like that. I started realizing that I had been getting “nuggets of inspiration” over the last few days. Building blocks for future blog posts, new songs, and other creative projects. I have those nuggets written down, waiting for the right time and place for them to germinate. In the back of my mind, there’s a little excitement about the potential, even though in the front of my mind it feels like I can’t put two sentences together.
I was reading about the writing journey of my friend J. She was writing about a particular piece that she was able to plow through, just cuz she’s good like that, but in retrospect, she knows that she would have been better suited to have done it differently – placing the project “in the vault” until it was the right time (my rough paraphrase of a much better description by J). This was an important lesson for me, especially since I was planning on forcing a post and a song (kinda hard to write a song when you only have 4 bars).
Sometimes, having things in your vault is just as important as having them in completed form. Dreams can be just as powerful as reality, and can be the building block for the reality you are set to create. When you are on a mission, it is hard to have that patience to allow something to stew for a period of time, but when it all comes together, it’s worth it (I’m writing that more for me than anyone else… gotta finish 3 songs and a guest post… in due time though 🙂 )
One thing good about gold is it is valuable both when it is used, and when it is stored – probably because it is one thing that will always be good. Those creative things that start in us can also be that way, if we let them be.
I guess this is my blog post about what I didn’t do or write, but rather what I found that I will use later. It will be fun to see when all of this gets finished, when the creativity will flow, and if the final product will remotely resemble the initial dream. That’s fun, and primes the pump for creativity. Let’s see where this one takes us, ok? 🙂
J’s latest installment on her journey to publishing brilliance: http://fearofwriting.com/blog/2011/08/js-journey-rejection-like-snow/
The Fear of Writing blog, helping people push past their fears to realize their dreams: http://fearofwriting.com/blog/
Imani’s Dance Company, Tahira: The Pure | Dance Theatre: https://www.facebook.com/TahiraPDT