In the Land of Writing Elsewhere

Elsewhere on the web

I’ve been writing elsewhere on the web! Below is a recent listing of articles available that I’ve written. A nice collection of inspirational motivation, I think. I am grateful for these opportunities that push me to write and be creative.

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October 2012 • Go: Anti-Procrastination Motivation

November 2012 • Overflowing Thankfulness

December 2012 • On Waiting

January 2013 • Take Time to Remember

February 2013 • Looking Failure in the Face and Moving Forward

March 2013 • Create Something Worthy

April 2013 • An Interview with Sarah Richardson (of Outlet Zine – See below)

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March 2013 • Fall Deeper in Love with Your Life

 

 

Mere Miracles

Oranges painted by van Gogh from Becoming van Gogh exhibit book

 

In 1885 Vincent van Gogh visited the Rijskmuseum in Amsterdam (this I learned from visiting the Becoming van Gogh exhibit at the Denver Art Museum). There he saw the artworks of many masters, and after this visit, van Gogh turned toward more color and to more painting with color through the inspiration he took away from the works he saw.

Before his museum visit in 1885 he drew black, heavy drawings. He stroked his earlier paintings with deep, dark hues carrying the weight of his subjects: the poor, the field workers, the reapers, the heavily burdened. His drawings were full of pale faces, worn shoes, and people carrying out difficult labor. He tended toward the pale and the stark. In 1885, for example, he sketched, drew, and then painted The Potato Eaters, a depiction of the harsh reality of famine and the difficulties of life.

Turning Points

Van Gogh had many turning points which led him toward becoming a master of modern art in just ten years time—the artist we know as creating vibrant works like Starry Night and Field of Sunflowers. It is significant to me, though, that a simple visit to a museum, something each of us can do, gave him inspiration and was a jumping off point for him.

At that museum visit he saw and experienced inspired works of art full of vibrancy, flowers, colors, and other painted beauty. Van Gogh himself, in this museum, the art master of the modern age, was merely a student himself; merely a citizen, an art lover, a museum-goer who walked through a museum in a city not too far from where he grew up. Here he was so inspired it spurred him on to new life in his work.

But this not truly “mere.” This is a miracle.

We all can experience this type of miracle—if we are open to it, if we look for it, if we use our experiences and believe in ourselves. If we believe in others as they show off the beauty of life and of their souls. If we take it to heart, draw it in. If we use the amazing gifts of others as a jumping off point for our work. If we say “How beautiful” and then decide we must add to the beauty in our own way. If we say we’ll keep moving forward and master our own gifts for all they are worth.

A simple visit to a museum—or a poetry reading, or a dance performance, or a nature preserve, or a speaking engagement, anything—that could be your inspiration point too. Go and look for it, be open to it, and be inspired.

What simple act or activity have you done that has had an inspirational effect on you?

Pep-Talks to get it going!

Whenever I come to the page—when writing fiction mostly—I get the sudden anxiety pangs of self-doubt. It happens like this…

  1. Arrange time to write – Check
  2. Turn on some awesome writing music – Check
  3. Sit down to write – Check
  4. Open my project in chosen computer application – Check
  5. Put hands on Keyboard – Check
  6. Get the Self-Doubt wave flooding over me – Accckk.

It happens just like that.

So… I decided to add one more thing in-between “Open my project” and “Put hands on keyboard.” I wrote myself a pep-talk and placed it at the top of the project I’m writing on (which is a new novel, in case you’re wondering).

Megan’s PEP TALK

What I must believe about writing… about creating: there is a connection in creation and then sharing that creation. There is mystery and beauty in imagination. I expand the knowledge of myself about mystery and about God when I write and create… especially when I write and create fiction. Stories that have deep meanings about satisfaction, understanding, living, knowing other people, giving of ourselves, fear, frustration, misunderstandings, uncertainties. They can spur us to wonder about how we can create meaning, and then that thus leads to action, and then that thus leads to change for the better and not the worse. What is better? More connection, more kindness, more loving, more searching and finding, more conversation, more openness about fears, more understanding of one another, more hope for answers. More.

And even if that more is just one more, that’s worth it.

This has helped more often get to the “start writing like a furious banshee” step that self-doubt gets in the way of!

What do you have trouble tackling… can you write yourself a pep talk for all the good reasons you want to get it done and why it’s worthwhile for you to do?