Ok, here’s a topic i think about often. Often I speak with people who would like to do more creative things but can never seem to get around to them. Of course there are many reasons for this. But I’m convinced that one reason is that we think we need to wait until we are ‘in the mood’ to sew, or to draw, or to write or to whatever.
I am across this blog post by Cynthia Morris some time ago, and love what she wrote about this. Especially this bit:
Frankly, I rarely ‘want’ to write. But I love the satisfaction of getting my ideas onto the page, publishing them and seeing a positive, powerful impact on my readers.
I also know that once I am writing, within ten minutes the feeling of ‘not wanting to’ passes away and I’m engaged in the work.
Do click through to read the full post.
In the past few weeks I have screen-printed a substantial stack of fabric. I can assure you that I am never ‘in the mood’ for screen-printing. It’s messy, it requires turning the dining room upside down with bits of newspaper and pieces of fabric, and once I start, there is no pausing for a coffee break. However, I do know how satisfying it is to pull the squeegee and then lift the screen to reveal the crisp print underneath. And I look forward to seeing that crisply printed fabric stitched up into finished products. That’s what motivates me to get off the couch or away from the computer and deal with the mess.
Oh, and the photo? It doesn’t really have anything to do with this post, except that I would sometimes really like to know what that little man is thinking as he observes his busy family in action!
I’m linking up with #amonthof #mycreativespace for the month of November. Today’s prompt: makes you think.