an exerpt from "The Mindscape of Alan Moore"

"Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer certainly was a tremendous risk.
It was a fool's leap, a shot in the dark.
But anything of value in our lives- whether it be a career, a work of art, a relationship- will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able to make it, you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely without fear, without desire.
Because things that we do without lust or result, are the purest actions that we shall ever undertake."

Monday, February 9, 2009

a TED talk on creativity

This made me cry....I feel inspired and joyous and encouraged to keep doing my art (not that stopping is an option!). Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" discusses the fears and insecurities that arise in artists when faced with the daunting task of having to express genius...every time they make something. She suggests that it is the perspective that creative genius is personal, a characteristic of the individual rather than an external godly force that strikes or flows through the artist, that hinders us to feel free in our creating. Our job is to "show up for work" and allow for inspiration to join us.

1 comment: said...

That was beautiful! Elizabeth Gilbert is a great thinker as a lot of writers are. The last song I wrote was sitting around in my brain for a year, and then the creative mojo that started it decided to finish it off on Christmas day. It was the only present I received this year. Really!