Someone once told me that in the culture of the ancient Greeks, creativity was viewed as an outside force that comes to an individual.
Something about that statement brought a flood of emotions through me. Never before had I heard of the creative process described in such a manner- but I knew with absolute sureness that this was how I viewed my creativity as well.
In this day and age, it seems to me that we want to control our lives and our surroundings. Now this isn’t the case with everyone and every scenario, but many times I even find myself doing it. I plan every route, plan every job, plan every art piece.
But when I get in this state of mind, I no longer enjoy life. I’m no longer active in my own life- instead I become a witness.
The ongoing struggle of my artistic life- those stretches of the dreaded writer’s block- always come when I forget to listen.
Those days where I’m alone with my mind… When there’s no pressing issues or assignments to be addressed- I’m able to turn my focus inwards and truly get in touch with what’s going on with my characters. In a process much like meditation I must forget the assumptions I’ve made about them, forget the perfectly laid out plans I have, feel that inner sense of connectivity with the countless minds inside of me and truly listen.
So next time you’re alone, sit down with your characters and talk to them. You’d be surprised what they’ll tell you about themselves and what’s happening in their world.
Till next time loves ❤️