The Creation Journey

The Creation Journey

IMG_1601The longer I write, the more I embrace the wisdom that used to frustrate me most. Life is the journey, not the destination. Or as the eloquent Ralph Waldo Emerson put it:

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

I realize now that creating is a transformative act. When we create from an authentic place, we bring into reality the very things that light us up and put our souls on the line. Those two acts are inextricable. And their alchemy changes us forever.

This does not mean that I wander when I write. I wander when I am in search of inspiration. When I need the artist’s well to be filled. Or I just plain need to move. Movement brings me fresh perspective. And a much-needed boost of adrenalin.

When I sit down to write, that is the time to focus. To dedicate myself to the task at hand and put aside the distractions of the bigger world. My intention is to bring forward the story in the most authentic way possible. Focus is essential to the journey. I am most in the moment when I tune out all distractions and allow the characters to tell the tale. They take the reins. And I let go.

Otherwise, I would mess it all up with the Editor. And the Editor’s job comes after the Creator’s job. Not during.

So whether you are a plotter or a pantser – check out Write. Publish. Repeat. for the explanation! – I encourage you to jump in and flow with the creative journey the moment you sit down to create. This will transform your writing, and I promise it will change you, too.

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Kate Tremills
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