Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Inspiration

This post is an exercise in discipline. I'm reading a great book right now called Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle. The subtitle is Reflections on Faith and Art. It is one of those books that is jam packed full of so many nuggets of wisdom that I must read it very slowly, so that I can digest it paragraph by paragraph.
One of the things she talks about is that the role of a writer (or any artist, for that matter) is to be a servant of the work. Often, the work created by the artist is far greater than anything the artist really was capable of. Still, the job of the artist is to be disciplined about doing the work, even when there is no great inspiration--the idea being that when inspiration strikes, you will be ready for it because you will already be in the trenches, accustomed to the discipline of your artform.

It reminded me about my acting school days in NYC, and how the first rule of theatre (and acting school) is to show up on time! Get there! Be present! ... And it's amazing what can happen once you get there.

Reading about this came at just the right time. I don't feel particularly inspired to write about anything in particular today, but here I am...writing anyway...and as Providence would have it, I have just published my 300th post.

6 comments:

Jennifer Disney said...

hey lady!
just thought I'd writ eyou a quick note. I've actully read that book! you're the only person I've met that's read it. I'm going to have a blog soon too! Let'e get together sometime, k?

Starshine said...

Hey, Jen! Isn't it a great book?! I can't wait to start reading your blog...CUTE pic, btw!
Let's definitely get together soon. I'll call you to set somethin' up.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I love L'Engle...she's one of my favorite authors, though mostly her fiction. This sounds like a very valuable book to read!

Sharon said...

that is a great book! I have it as well. good to see you enjoying it.

Ally Bean said...

I've not read this book and it sounds like I should read it. I like how it flowed into your life at the right time.

Happy 300!

Beenzzz said...

Congrats on your 300th post. I think I need to read this book so I can get some inspiration to return to my great love, art!