The Discover Challenge this week is Obstacles.
Over the years, and through different goals and life chapters, my creative process has varied a lot.
I can surely say that limitations and structure have made my work stronger.
And I always feel like I am just beginning to learn.
Some projects were easier and have worked out well, some are not yet finished, and some were very hard – yet worked out well with more time and revisions. Support from good editors is greatly appreciated.
I am not writing a lot now, and am grateful for photography. I also enjoy arranging flowers. Reading is a big part of my life. Over the years, I’ve read many books about creativity. I am ever-interested and appreciate authors who share about their process. Rest is also important for all of us, and my life had to change after a chronic illness. The schedule I kept “once upon a time” is not an option.
So often it seems artists have had to overcome obstacles, in some way, and somehow their art is enriched. Mercy and grace. I hope to write more about this in the future.
Everyone has a story.
writing an essay
all I deleted
to say what I mean
feeling new poems
(Time Of Singing, 2000)
Ellen Grace Olinger
(post updated on April 30, 2016)