The Creative Process
I'm delighted that Donna has asked me to guest post on her blog today! How wonderful to be included in a community of writers!
I actually teach preschool two days a week. Teaching three-year-olds is a joy and a challenge, all wrapped up together. During the mornings that we are together, we work on a project. At our preschool, we strongly believe in the creative process; in giving the children new experiences. We let them play with texture, touch and color.
In the fall, we had the children print with apples. While the end result looked pretty cool, as teachers we focused on the process rather than the final product. We wanted them to feel the smoothness of the apple skin and the juicy insides. While printing with pretty red paint, they got to feel the suck of the wet paint against the dry paper as they pressed the apple down and up, down and up, making a print. They saw the way the paint lay on the paper, with a wrinkled texture rather than the smooth texture other tools might give the paint. It is through the process that these three-year-olds learn about the world around them.
In the same way, writing is also a process. We need to feel our surroundings and our emotions to write, whether we write fiction or non-fiction. We need to feel the squelch of mud between our toes and hear the raindrops plopping on our heads. We need to feel the emotions of our experiences, not only the joy of life but also the grief, to give our writing any meaning. It is through the process of writing that we learn about our world and about ourselves, regardless of the final product.
Even though I am not a professional writer, I consider myself a writer. I enjoy the writing process; trying to transfer my ideas and thoughts down on paper is a fun challenge. And every time I write a new post I am learning from this process.
Thank you, Donna, for giving me this opportunity to write!
Ginny Marie has written about her emotions, both joyful and sad, on her blog, Lemon Drop Pie
Ginny, thank you so much for this great insight. You are so right about exploring the world around us, no matter who we are. I loved your line 'We need to feel the squelch of mud between our toes and hear the raindrops plopping on our heads.' These are some of the best parts of life.
Can you see that Ginny is a great teacher? I love the idea of using apples to paint with.
May we all remember these fine words of Ginny's, and maybe it's time to feel that squelch of mud between our toes again.
LHR, dear friends, and PAWS for Success.