No one can predict the future now. No one can make long- range plans. The best we can hope for, to quote Robert Bridges, is ” the masterful administration of the unforeseen.” Ride the whirlwind. That’s the most we can do.
Arthur C. Clarke
This sage advice is found on page 150 of Walking on Alligators – A Book of Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy. I was led to open a random page from this book today and post it here. I have been thinking deeply about my writing process of late. I have wondered why some pieces come so easily to me , while others are so arduous and heavy. I have also noticed how grateful I am when opportunities appear to take my writing and this blog in new directions. For example, when TMA was looking on Facebook for bloggers to review the Music Issue, I had no idea I could do it justice, or the editor would like it and link it to their FB page and my stats would go off the charts. WordPress even noticed and gave me props. WOW, thank you for the love!
So many times I question my ability to try something new for fear of failing or offending or somehow falling short. Yet there lies the paradox of the creative process. Shaughnessy goes on to say ” … And in the end, what else is writing? Each day, you sit down to try to give shape and forward motion to something unforeseen. This process equips you to help others face this urgent task. When you can write in such a way to make it seem easier to grasp, you will contribute what your age is asking for.”
This begs the question, do I write as I live? Do I leave myself open to shaping each moment by co-creating with intention and love? Or do I play it safe and never stray too far from what keeps me secure and comfortable?
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
Thanks to everyone who reads my posts and believes in the magic of the written word. The magic lies in the ability to find your own meanings, draw your own conclusions, and bravely move forward..