“if the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” ~ anatole france
THANKS to l.g. keltner (l.g. keltner's beginnings blogfest) for hosting this super fun blogfest where we explore and reminisce about our beginnings as writers, as bloggers, as artists...any beginning will do.
since this is such an open-to-interpretation blogfest (which i love!), i'm going to talk about one of my favorites: the beginnings of a story.
there isn't much that can compare to the bliss and angst and passion and excitement of a newly conceived story. it's like falling in love. what am i saying - it is falling in love. except i get to see my love each time my fingers hit the keys and i travel to a special place. the place is secret, safe, quiet. i have no idea where i'll end up, but the journey getting there is the most exhilarating part...
in the spirit of blogging here's a post i wrote a while back (when in the thick of one of these love-sick story hazes) about passion:
"it is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."
i've been thinking a lot on passion lately. that satisfying turning and burning i get in the pit of my stomach when i'm preparing to sit and write. the way i can't help that my eyes collect water in their corners or the goosebumps on my skin when a song comes on that spurs a moment i know must be written, brought to life. or how when i have so much inside of me, swelling, bursting at the seams that i know i must run or scream, scratch a pad of paper with some charcoal, smash some paint against a canvas, have someone scrape my skin with a needle and ink...something, anything to satisfy the passion, this craving, this compulsion i have inside of me.
and what of those who don't have this beautifully agonizing ever persisting presence in their lives? i know i would wither away without it; burn to ashes and flutter along a breeze, hopeful of finding some meaning, some purpose, some self-fulfillment.
"the excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."
what are some of your favorite story beginnings? do you get love-struck like i do, or do you tend to struggle at the beginning?
*my latest photo obsession: the photo zoo (etsy)
***have love, will travel