We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is: What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic? For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but … Continue reading on creativity, dedication and joy
Despite my certainty now, I did not always know I would be a writer. Elizabeth Gilbert made a sacred vow of writing around the age of 16. Elaine Fraser she knew she wanted to be a writer at age 10. Not me. Don't get me wrong. Have I always loved writing? Absolutely. Has it always been a … Continue reading a divine partnership
I love writing. I love the thrill of a phrase that sits perfectly on the page. I love the tap of the keyboard, and the soft scratch of pen on paper. I love the feeling you get when you manage to capture an elusive emotion in a few words. I love those days when … Continue reading Are you passionate enough to endure?
I place two fresh-baked muffins on the bench, and wait for the smell to waft through the house. Before long two hopeful pairs of eyes greet me, with “Mum, may we please have a muffin?” The gift of writing to me often feels like that fresh-baked muffin sitting on the bench and I am the hopeful … Continue reading on permission, entitlement and calling
My question over this year is "fear or faith?" So it was inevitable that for our book club, Amanda, Elaine and I chose Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic. Which has the subtitle, Creative Living Beyond Fear. And it comes of absolutely no surprise to me that when I draw up the schedule "courage" is the first post I … Continue reading embracing fear