Perhaps its because I grew up in a household where my mother and father both worked crossword puzzles daily in later years they took to playing Scrabble, that I have an affinity for words...no big surprise then that I should on my wish list for Christmas I asked for a book called "The Thinker's Thesaurus"--(W.W. Norton & Co., Second edition)
It's lovely, by the way. and since as an author I like to play with words. I thought I might share a few with you now and again. I make no promises of daily blogging. I am not so nobly gifted as others, but I can promise at least a word a week--which brings me to the first word...
Anticipation. "To see and provide for beforehand. to look forward to." (Webster) "Nervously excited with..." that something is going to occur."(Thinker's Thesaurus)
You may recall the old ketchup commercial where the jingle invokes of the 'anticpation' of that moment when the tomatoey sauce hits the steaming stack of french fries or a juicy burger, right?
Creativity is a little like that. Sometimes, when you try to force it, its like the sticky ketchup that you have to pound on the bottle for and eventually you end up thinking, perhaps mustard is better...
But if you wait for it..."looking forward to something with excitement" creativity will find its way to you. Artists-whether writers,painters, actors, or musicians--need inspiration to make their magic. Often it is the very ordinary things in life that can and do inspire--a glorious sunset, the earthy scent of the woods after a rain, observing a hug between two people, hearing a story between the lines in a song.
Creativity is not unique to certain persons. It may manifest itself in different ways. Emily Dickinson wrote, "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."
It's what inspires my writing. And some days its a slow and steady process, other days its like a McDonalds drive-thru--but always, with the hope of creating something worth the "anticipation" of its arrival.
We live in a instant gratification society-all well and good, to a point, but we must give ourselves room, albeit permission-- to "welcome the ecstatic experience."
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