A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see Elizabeth Gilbert speak in Milwaukee.
I absolutely adore her and her writing. She is a HUGE inspiration.
So I was completely smitten when I was called on to ask my question, “How do you decide or know what ideas to follow?”
I got shivers at her answer when she said she believes ideas are alive.
She offered that ideas and your art must be listened to and respected. That ideas aren’t going to think you’re ready to receive them and take them seriously if you’re spending all day in your pajamas.
And I LOVED that idea!
As you may already know, I’ve been working on my own novel the last few years. Last April, I reread my manuscript and realized I had cut out all of my favorite and most imaginative parts from my book. So, I knew I had to go back and rewrite it.
But, again, I wasn’t ready.
The first time I saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak during her Eat, Pray, Love book tour, I got tears in my eyes. I felt so strongly that I needed to finish and publish my novel, but it just was not the right time.
Now I know I had to dedicate my creativity to my paintings and following all of my art ideas (including my first art and inspiration book that is currently in the works).
I have cleared space in my schedule again to get back to my novel. And this time I am not going to show up in my pajamas. This time I am ready to completely embrace, include and rewrite all of my most imaginative details and characters… and I cannot wait to see what it all turns into.
And I cannot wait to share it all with you too!
Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement! Without you, I believe I wouldn’t have the courage, strength and confidence in my creativity to listen to these ideas.
Ps. I arrived early so I could get a front seat for Elizabeth Gilbert, which gave me lots of time to work on a digital collage.
The one led to many and rekindled my love for taking my photos and paintings and layering them together with the superimpose app (a perfect way to pass a little time and stay creative).