Sometimes I have real difficulty concentrating.
Yesterday I decided that I would finally hunker down and write/illustrate a book. I’ve been talking about making a book for a long, long time, and finally I said to myself “what the heck are you waiting for??”. I know what kind of book I want to make, and who I want to make it for, all I have to do is put it together. It’s a good summer project.
So I started out today looking at old notes for ideas for books. Most of the ideas are poems about seasons, and plants growing etc etc. I re-wrote a short poem that night and looked over it this morning to discover that I am not as excited about what I wrote as I was the day before. No big deal! There is tons of time to write and re-write!
I sat down and started to brainstorm words and ideas, drew some sketch ideas for illustrations. I feel like I didn’t get much worked out today, but at least it is a start! Sometimes you really need to let things simmer in your brain. The key is just not to leave it so long that you forget about it entirely. You have to keep the fire stoked!
Sometimes I find myself wandering into other ideas before I’ve even barely scratched the surface of another. I get bored so quickly, I have to keep moving fast! But I don’t see any real benefit in quickly producing things that are semi-exciting. It’s time to slow down and pay attention to the details.
When I was working on some lettering today I thought back to my yoga class. Slow…..and steady, and BREATHE! It’s not a race to the finish-line! Every little dot, line, scribble, idea (bad or good) counts in the big picture. It isn’t supposed to be all golden and worthy of praise!
PS-Check out some growing things!!! Basil, Purple Basil, Cilantro sprouts! Proof that slow and steady wins the race!!!