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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Take a Creative Leap – You Have Wings!


“Big Moon Hug” painting used with permission from the artist Jerry Lee Kirk (To see more of Jerry’s work, please visit http://www.jerrykirk.com)

Be like the bird that,

Pausing in her flight

Awhile on boughs too slight,

Feels them give way beneath her,

And yet sings,

Knowing she hath wings.

– Victor Hugo

What creative leap have you been thinking about? Starting a new piece of writing? Going public with your writing in a blog or querying a publication, agent or editor? Returning to something you wrote and abandoned (which is what I’m doing with my Essential Path novel)?

What creative leap have you dreamed about? Perhaps for years?

Whatever is it, take the leap! Jump into the wind and hope! Remember you have wings.

You can risk this creative leap you’re dreaming about by keeping the risk manageable. Don’t worry about everything you’ll have to do to bring this “leap project” of yours into being. You can’t do everything today anyway, so do just one thing.

Take one small action today that moves you forward. Commit to spending 15 Magic Minutes on your project. If 15 minutes feels too big a leap, commit to 10 or even 5 minutes. Even if you give your project just one minute, you’re moving forward. And tomorrow’s minutes will be that much easier.

15-minutes-300x300Maybe you draft something you’ve been thinking about. Maybe you write the worst query letter ever and promise yourself you can write a better one tomorrow.

Maybe you freewrite to see what’s on your mind or what grabbed your attention today. Maybe you revise something you worked on some other day. Maybe you research. Maybe you map your ideas and plot possible writing topics for another day.

Maybe you just sit there and wait. Maybe you move stuff around in what seems like an aimless waste of time. All that matters is that you show up and keep showing up.

You don’t have to know how high you’ll jump today or if today’s jump will “add up to anything in the end” – just jump!

Every time you throw yourself into space propelled by trust in the Divine and your willingness to write has been given to you to share, your wings grow stronger, your heart sings louder and your spirit soars higher.

What creative leap are you taking today?

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2 Comments on “Take a Creative Leap – You Have Wings!”

  1. maryvb January 26, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Thank you, I just read this, it’s just what I needed. Sincerely,Mary

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

    Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:22:40 +0000 To: maryvan2x@hotmail.com

    Like

    • rosannebane January 27, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      You’re most welcome Mary! Thanks for letting me know this post struck a chord for you.

      Like

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