Thankfully, this is NOT a picture of my writing space, but it is a very good likeness of what I think my internal writing process looks like. Some days I feel like everything is so messy, I need the crew from A&E's Hoarders to come and rescue me. It's not that I like being messy, it's just that no matter how many times I clean up the mess, I always manage to make another one. Author John Galsworthy states, "Beginnings are always messy." Looking around me, I am inclined to agree with him. Anyone who has ever witnessed a birth has experienced this truth. In fact birth is so messy, that right after something is born, you can barely tell what it is. It's not until the birthing process is finished and everything's all cleaned up, can you see the new creation.
Albert Einstein defines insanity as, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, which means my attempts to clean up the mess, before the creative process is finished, could be a form of insanity. I am slowly reconciling myself to the fact that to be creative, I need to make a mess. I need to write what flows from my heart ignoring the prodding from my censor to see if it's grammatically correct. There will be plenty of time for that later. I need to think, dream, play, create, make a mess!
With that said, I am off to make a mess. After which I think I'll chew a little cud as I figure out how to clean it up. Because truth be told, clear out a few books, wedge a desk in the middle of that space and it reminds me a lot of
Muse For Today: Are you a creative mess maker or do you manage to create without making a mess?