The season is changing, getting colder, more still, more quiet. November is a time of thanksgiving. Of gratitude. I love this picture because it encompasses so many of the feelings of this month, and the way I want to live—embraced, supported, nourished, inspired. Those are what I look forward to every day from my friends and family.
I’m working on a new novel, The Heart of Everything, about a young woman who has to heal the heart of the planet. And at the bottom of the ocean. Not an easy task, right? My response to the initial idea was You’ve got to be kidding! I don’t know anything about the ocean. As the idea grew other topics came on board, more things I knew very little about—sacred geometry, Hebrew traditions, astronomy, ancient prophecies. And I’m really good at procrastination. I have a PhD in resistance. But good ideas don’t go away. They simmer, like a good stew, and pretty soon the aroma fills the house and seeps into your pores and becomes a part of you. And as I allow the idea to grow and expand, avenues open, scenes appear, dialogue springs to mind. Yesterday, I was washing dishes—a mindless task—and a wonderful scene popped into my head, so good that I stopped what I was doing, grabbed paper and pen, and wrote as fast as I could to capture what I’d been thinking. Mindless tasks are a wonderful way of disengaging the active mind—the one that worries— and letting that inspirational part come forward. You don’t have to resort to washing dishes. Maybe you like to walk, or paint, or exercise, or meditate. Something that doesn’t require great attention so the inner artist can come out and play.
This month I wish you great support, nourishment, and inspiration for your writing. May you find those moments of easy creativity where your writing flows like a rushing river. Be quiet, be still, be reflective. They will come. Then be ever so grateful for what you’ve just received.