Creative Meditation: Suppleness
To hit a wall. To freeze. Creativity stops when faced with the hard, the inflexible, the rigid.
The challenge of every artistic endeavor is to remain supple. I once challenged myself to sit by a stream and simply watch it for an hour without doing anything else. It was amazing to watch the water slither around rocks and sticks and pass into other spheres. The stream knew only to keep flowing.
Good stories look for contours and then follow gravity.
Stories should bend in similar ways, wending around and over obstacles, not getting snagged by the way things are supposed to be. Good stories look for contours and then follow gravity. If stories stiffen, they stop.
With softness comes openness, release. With softness, there is grace.
Here’s the challenge: How can you approach your work today with a lithe and agile mind? How can you remain nimble when an unexpected obstacle presents itself? How can you keep flowing?
Grant Faulkner is the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. His essays on creative writing have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer.