. . . begins with one step.
Beginnings can be difficult. The physical canvas is entirely blank. Only shadowy hints of conception are forming in our mind’s eye. Really, we have just begun to think. The preponderance of question marks at the commencement of new work is intimidating, discouraging, a hindrance at the outset of our creative cycle.
Blind Monk, our Thai Buddhist acolyte in extended residence at Lolita’s place, queried, “What is the nature of that first step?”
“It is making the basic but essential commitment to a new project,” submitted Deuce.”
“That’s it?” Lolita was doubtful.
“Sure,” encouraged Monk. “I think the Spaniel has pretty much hit on it. It is possible that a lot of the anxiety surrounding the commencement of new work is not about finding the new idea, or fearing failure. It is about readiness to commence.”
“Yea, I start to see it.” conceded our gentle Vampiress. “In fact, that moment of actual commitment, when we land there, is kind of sweet. There is a positive anticipation, and a rush of creative thought.”
“Sounds like a good moment to me.” This from Lizard King, who of course loves a good rush!
Blind Monk went on to suggest that the work of commencing a new project is really the work of reaching readiness. It can be a time for self-awareness. Did we go into excess mode with our celebrations after the last finished piece? Perhaps there is some adjustment needed back to a more mundane, but also more self-nurturing, routine. Or perhaps we really need to keep on partying for a while, or just read a novel.
Your days of reaching readiness for the next project can be precious days of increasing self-knowledge, of creative battery-charging. You are like the body-builder on his days off from the gym. Your creative “physique” actually builds up during these days.
You are definitely looking good!