Writing my book, I’m constantly trying to look at things in a different way. Sometimes something unique comes to me delightfully unbidden.
More often than not, I feel a bit like I’m trying to sneak up on myself and catch my thoughts unawares – as though creativity can be caught in repose and forced to reveal its secrets, like Proteus, the wise old man of the sea, in Homer’s Odyssey.
And like Menelaus – clinging onto Proteus – in that story, I sometimes feel as though my ideas try to outwit me; thrashing around and changing shape in a desperate attempt to flee, while I cling on for dear life, hoping to keep them in my mind long enough to get them down on the page.
And hoping I don’t squeeze them too tight in the process. After all, what good’s an idea with no life left in it?
In a roundabout fashion this brings me to today’s Monday’s Muse, which today I thought should reflect this daily attempt to:
…see things from a different perspective…
Robin Williams sums it up brilliantly in this wonderful excerpt from Dead Poet’s Society, so why don’t I just let him say it?
And remember – don’t just walk off the edge like lemmings! Look around you!