Friday, December 31, 2010
The Immediacy of the Idea
"Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." Rainer Maria Rilke
Given the sieve-like status of my memory, I keep trying to make the effort to keep a sketchbook. The effort usually wanes. I end up with odd jotting on random pieces of paper that make no sense to me later. This blog, for better or worse, is the most sustained record of my creative life that I have been able to keep going.
Almost in spite of myself, I still seem to manage to hold on to some ideas. Does the thought get re-filed into long term storage through the process of writing things down? Or does simply asking "What if?" start things cooking in the back of the brain?
Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth has posted a thought-provoking piece on capturing an idea. Equally interesting are the comments by her readers.
I guess, in the last few hours of 2010, I have arrived at my resolution for the New Year: "Live the questions now."