I want to talk briefly about a sticking point I’m noticing.
One thing I’m noticing, though, is that there is a tendency, drilled into us since childhood, to always think and plan ahead.
This may not be true for writing and art.
Think of art more as meditation. the goal is to surrender to the moment, to be in the present, and to trust the creative process even though it may not be something you intellectually understand or have self-doubt about.
When we begin a book–or any artwork or creative endeavor–the goal is not to execute a plan. It’s to surrender to the art itself. To let the art create itself, with you as a conduit.
The best art is a journey into the unknown. You may know your starting point, but the art will lead you to the destination if you listen to it.
Then, once the first iteration is complete, that’s when you can step back, see what it is that you created, and engage the intellect again as you revise.
It’s important to remember to surrender to the work initially. To be led by it. To trust that there are better, greater destinations than even the one you have in mind.
This may apply to much of our lives, not just art.
From perceiving the world as a writer, time & attention management, and how to organize large works…to the fundamentals of creating unputdownable writing, no matter what your current skillset is…To the publishing, agent, and marketing process I’ve fine-tuned from over twenty years of turning my greatest passion into a fulfilling career I’m beyond grateful for.
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