I love reading about the creative process through the lens of other arts. These inspiring quotes are from the amazing dancer, Martha Graham:
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. …
No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
What’s going on:
I’m working on draft 6.1 of This Bright Darkness (the Next Novel’s working title), trying to get it to my editor by the end of this month. Lots to do!
In the background, Kris Waldherr is working on getting the first of my Sandra Gulland Ink titles ready to launch into the stratosphere. Very exciting! Kris is a wonderful designer, and these e-books are going to be exceptional.
The San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference was excellent this year. I’ve notes, notes, and more notes to gather together and share.
I’ve a novel to finish!
What a great quote by Martha Graham! I have always wanted to have that force running through me! I think it’s God’s hand working through you and all great artists have it! Thank you for blessing us with your work!
That is so nice of you to say, but I think Graham’s quote applies to us all.
I love the quotes–completely relate!
Me too! Especially: “It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.” An important mantra.