Quote 1. "Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." Johann Wolfgang
By sitting down daily and creating, a door is opened which allows the magic, grace and power of the imagination (or what some call the muse) out for a little exercise. Each time the door is opened, our muses venture a little further into the creative realm. Instead of having to wait for Inspiration to smack us upside the head, our muses bring Inspiration to us. But first we have to act, we have to open the door.
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Quote 2. "Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice." Unknown
I am a firm believer in practice making things better, if not perfect. Two of the toughest things I am trying to teach myself in my life are how to love well and fully, and how to write engaging stories that bring magic to my audience. I don’t think it is possible to ever reach the pinnacle of either pursuit. The joy is truly in the journey. In the case of writing, continuing the trip each day allows progression down the road. With regular practice, we will find success much sooner than if we sit on the couch and wait until we feel called to write.Quote 3. "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl
Have you ever written something, felt it was totally uninspired and dull, and then when you re-read it the next day or the next week, you were able to take the sentences, polish them up, and they turned out to be crucial to your story's next steps? That happened to me this week. I was feeling terribly dried up last week when I hand wrote about three pages of my novel in a notebook. I was totally convinced it was crap, and I was dumb to think I would ever write something other people would want to read.At the beginning of the week, I pulled out the pages and grimly started typing them into the computer. (Because, dammit, I’m going to finish a novel!) As I typed along, I added some things, took out others, and suddenly I was kind of digging where the story was going. A cool idea how I might incorporate a dragon arose from the unlikely place of those dried-up, uninspired words. Charles de Lint says it perfectly. “That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible to you.”