An interesting tidbit -- and I know that this relates to the creative process, though I am still "processing" my own relation to the relation, as it were. It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday today, April 2 (1805), and apparently he had a fear of being buried alive.
According to The Writer's Almanac, "... to reassure himself each night he would prop a note next to his bed that read, 'I only appear to be dead.'" (The Writer's Almanac has a nice little rhyme going there.)
I don't have a fear of being buried alive (though, that wouldn't be a very good thing, would it?).
But I'm wondering what I would write in such a note.
I'm also wondering if I should begin putting a note next to my bed each night.
Today is a day for wondering.
SO -- in my wondering frame of mind, what would your note say, if you decided to write one? Just curious.
To Reach The Green Light At The End Of The Pier
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES: "We are saving ourselves through the words," says Eleanor, the leading lady of a novel-in-progress. This exploration into the creative process -- which includes plenty of distractions/tangents /thoughts & rants by Eleanor, her Biographer, and selected guest artists -- will continue until Eleanor is certain her story is "right." (But we dare not jump ahead of ourselves.)
There will be the occasional typo (as Eleanor points out), and much of this is intended to be "original draft" -- what comes out of our mouths (heads) first, and then set down in that order. Not all of it will be included in the novel, but all of it is happening in real time.
ELEANOR says: "Please turn the page. Keep reading."
For more of Eleanor and her Biographer -- as well as the work of our many guest artists -- check out the older postings. "Everything is part of the process, and the process is the journey," Eleanor says.