Writing

Creativity = Small Acts of Faith

A series of small acts of faith performed one after another without any knowledge whatsoever of where they will lead—this is creativity. To draw a picture, we have to pick up a pencil and start moving it around on paper; we have to draw one small detail at a time without knowing what it will look like once all the details have been filled in. To write a book, we have to sit down at the computer and start typing; we have to put one word in front of the next without knowing what it will sound like when it’s read from beginning to end. To capture a photograph, we have to pick up our camera and aim it at something beautiful; we have to sense when the moment is right to snap the picture without knowing how it will appear once we develop it. We rarely approach the work with a vision of what it will become. To do so would take us away from the spontaneity of the moment. Art relies on intuition. We are guided by that subtle intuitive pull in one direction over another. Something within us moves us forward one small step at a time. We never know where it’s leading. One small act of faith after another in an unknown direction leads us to discover who we are and what we are capable of.

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