Taking time and making time

How many of us blame our lack of time for our lack of creative output?

Drawing of house behind fence in rainy weather

I started this drawing last week while waiting under a café awning for a rainstorm to break. I chipped away at it bit by bit during the week, and finished it today during my lunchbreak.

In a few minutes here and there, I got something accomplished. Now I have to remind myself: large projects can be tackled this way!

In her wonderful book about writing, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott quotes EL Doctorow:

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

And I agree with Anne when she continues: “This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.” If we refuse to start making things for lack of time, nothing gets done at all.

If you’re still stuck for time, here are some helpful ideas from the also wonderful website Tiny Buddha: 10 Tips to Nurture Your Creative Life: Making Time and Space.

A brief beginning

I have had very little time to play music this week. Or draw. I did both, though.

Tonight my soul was feeling like this:

sunset over water

Evening pinkness in the west

And I drew this picture of two lovey-dovey pencil pine trees in my neighborhood that are always deeply engaged in conversation:

pencil drawing on post-it note

Pencil pines shooting the breeze

They are totally lovey dovey lovey dovey all of the time.