Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Leap

We so often hear writers exalt “Discipline” as the mitigating factor for whether they meet with success or disappointment in their craft. It is the power of a will activated that facilitates an act of writing—this is the primary engine driving the power of a pen. Yet is it not trust which ultimately leads to the treasure of work that is joyous & surprising? Is it not the leap we take in pursuing what cannot be known for certain?

If imagination is to inspire, then guide us through the process of creating lucid writing, we must give it the trust required to not only build a foundations but also the form & structure of design.
It is this trust in a process which proves to sharpen with experience; it is imagination fueled by faith.

Trust can prove a demanding mindset. If inter-woven with the expectations of doubt, it might wander. As imagination begins to unravel pieces of a compelling narrative, all we are required to do is believe this will continue. We must relyon inevitability yet are so often compelled to impose upon this process.

Painters understand this trust, this working backwards to fill negative space with shape & colour. Though an overall impression may not have emerged, they continue plodding & applying material, confident in eventual coherence. Painters can cheat no more than writers. Doubt will cause the impulse to manufacture random connections & this can spoil the purity of what might be accomplished if patience is sustained.

Trust is the secret ingredient which enables the exceptional.

{Images by Dilcia Giron }


  1. "It is the imagination fueled by quiet faith."

    That is highly inspiring. It makes me think about the passive beliefs and feelings that are held back because of society. Because to speak them and give them form in the common tongue can be tragic and heartbreaking as the response would most likely not feel adequate. I think it's that same quiet faith that is the bane for that specific imagination as well. We hold on to our little beliefs, our little things, our secret causes that are not only justified but represented by the imagination.

    You words really make me think about things.

  2. I love your phrase, "the common tongue." So much is lost in the day-to-day communication - all that passion and hope, stored away to be gleaned only through the asumptions possible through intuition. I see this faith as a channel that can help us to broaden the scope of the imagination as it is realized through the conscious ego. From there, we are capable of a far richer and more emotionally resonant understanding. Wonderful response.