was just answering a question on the other thread and it gave me pause for thought: i write, but i'm often described as a 'great reader'—and i often think i read better than i write. BUT, my point is about the act of creating, not just writing.
edit: added bold-text to the relevant part of this first paragraph to clarify since it might be seen as confusing.
if you're the kind of person who creates—and takes the deepest life-satisfaction in the doing so—do you write just as another outlet of that? some of us, i guess, write and maybe do a bit of baking, or gardening, but writing is the sole real focus of the act of creating. others, create in all manner of ways, one of which is writing... not that writing's not really important, vital, even, to our mental well-being.
maybe the best writers are like the best artists, consumed within the one main focus of their creativity and not sharing that force with other outlets. maybe that's bull. i don't know, just wondering aloud. i'm maybe more Creative than Writer. i suppose it really doesn't matter, but it struck me as i sit here sipping coffee.
what do YOU think about this?
I’m fully aware that everything I say these days comes back to my Druidry, but it’s such a huge part of my life now, the whole purpose is to keep learning from it which is what I’m about to explain now in a really long winded way.
So in Druidry, there is a concept called the Awen, which has also become the symbol for the Neo-Druidic movement. Awen is a welsh word, which roughly translated means “flowing spirit” and is said to be the inspiration of the Bard. The life-blood of everything.
For Awen to exist, there must be a relationship— with nature, with yourself & your energy, and with your creativity. Awen is the opening of the self, and all of the expressions of the self whatever that may entail. We cannot be inspired unless we are open, and we cannot be open unless we have established a relationship, whether that is with yourself, the sparrow or a god.
My relationship with Awen is progressive — meaning that I am creative in many different ways. I’m very much into crafts whether it be stitching, glueing or burning. Pyrography is by far my favourite thing because it allows me to get up close and personal with the trees and the wood that I love. I’ve been lucky enough to sell a few pieces which is awesome. Each piece has taught me something on a subconscious level, even if I wasn’t aware of the lesson at the time.
I guess writing comes in for me, not just because
I’m a Pisces, and the airy-fairy dreamy creative hippy type, but because writing is a call in my soul to process the world around me, and also honours the Bards of old of which we work with so closely in this tradition.
You said in your post about the best writers perhaps being consumed by one main thing — I don’t believe that to be true. I am consumed by many things, and in a really interconnected way, each activity inspires a new perspective in another.
Perhaps the lesson is being open to hear what each activity has to teach rather than restricting our output to one unique path. We should always honour the call of what our souls require.