The Creative Spirit and Catching Fireflies
Spirit. The word conveys a sense of the elusive. Something just beyond one’s grasp. That “something” is the force that every writer connects with when we craft our stories.
We know it by different names, but the point is, we all know it. Muse, inspiration, the voices that rattle around in our heads and won’t leave us alone, the ideas that seem to spring from nowhere. Call it by whatever name appeals to you, but they are one in the same - The Creative Spirit.
Any writer will tell you that connecting with the creative spirit is a feeling like no other. Some people refer to it as “being in the zone.” Others call it the “flow.” Sometimes the flow is hard to find. We get pulled out of it with the interruptions of daily life – phone calls, car pools, overtime, sick kids – you name it. Once you’ve been pulled from the flow, it’s exceedingly difficult to find it again. Often, we find ourselves reaching out, stretching toward that mysterious, intangible feeling only to have it vanish and flit farther out of reach like a firefly at dusk.
Life’s interruptions are unavoidable, but they don’t have to be lethal to our writing careers. Writing, by necessity is a very solitary journey, but we need to remember to reach out to our writer friends. Together we can help each other do more than catch fireflies in jars. We can help one another cultivate our creative spirits – to nurture our connections to it and in doing so, foster our artistic power.