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NF-Lee's 3/4 Frodo sketch

Frodo's autumns: poems by jan-u-wine with paintings by Millet and Carlsen.

Posted on 2011.10.09 at 09:00

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-10-10 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
A Cities woman! (Although you weren't a woman then.) I'll be in that neck of the woods on Thursday, driving to the airport. I'll honk the horn in your girlhood's honour.

It feels as if my life has shrunk

Yeah. It's just like you're saying. Except that I only have a part-time job, so I haven't even the explanation of virtually no spare time. I've got spare time, not that I'm still not shirking work that needs to be done around here, but no zeal to put it to creative work that requires, well, zeal. I thought the appeal in Cameron's book was that it challenged readers like me to just do it. Write, make, even without zeal. Do it and the zeal will come ("Make believe you're brave/ and the trick will take you far/ you may be as brave as you make believe you are", as Oscar Hammerstein expressed a similar concept).
Mariole
mariole at 2011-10-13 04:28 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't really get her asserting that zeal will come. The quote that stood out was, "I'll take care of the quantity, the Muse will take care of the quality." It was more like actually putting the rubber to the road, and not allowing oneself to be paralyzed by potential criticism (self or other) and fear.

But you're certainly correct when she says it can't become discipline-- discipline is short-lived, whereas love is what keeps you going. So I suppose that translates as zeal. :) The real trick is to find what you're zealous about. Have you tried doing the morning pages? It's a great way to clear out the garbage and discover some ideas that appeal to the timid inner artist.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-10-13 12:08 (UTC) (Link)
I need to read the section on morning pages again. I really didn't quite understand what they were supposed to be. Just start writing, stream of consciousness, whether it's "my leg itches i'm hungry the cats should be let out must check bulletin board cold will get sweater" or something that requires more thought. And she says don't reread them or keep them in one place, but later asks people to think about trends or themes in their morning pages. But if they haven't reread them or kept them, how can they remember them well enough to know? Or maybe that's one of those mystery aspects one must take on trust: "if you've been spilling your morning mental product every morning for weeks and months, you'll know what your recurring concerns and themes are, believe me, bub."

Zeal. By zeal it was what I had that you were talking about: couldn't wait to jump out of bed to get back to work on my story. Gee, that was great; more zeal than I've ever experienced in my life except religious conversion -- that tied, lol.
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