fearless creating

I’m in-between blog posts at the moment, and feeling conflicted about priorities . This post of Julie Mellor’s is exactly what I needed on this January Sunday night. Thank you, Julie. xxxxxx

Julie Mellor - poet

fearless creatingFearless Creating by Eric Maisel (Tarcher Putnam 1995)

At the Poetry Business Writing Day yesterday I was talking to the wonderfully talented Laura Potts about how, when we don’t have the opportunity to write, our anxiety levels soar. I thought back to Eric Maisel’s book, Fearless Creating (above). It’s a while since I’ve read it, but he’s very insightful on the tension between working and not working. I’ve just dug out the book from my very disordered bookshelf, opened it at random and found this:

Is it honourable to say ‘no’ to the work? Yes! Is it vital to say ‘no’ to the work? Yes! Is it permitted to sit in the sun and sip a soda and not feel guilty about not working? Yes! Is it right to say ‘no’ to the work when you hear your child crying, when your loved one wants a hug, when your day…

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