When it’s the middle of winter and everything is bleak and bare and cold, I remind myself of a Buddhist saying, “When the conditions are right, the blossoms appear.” Creative work requires a belief in the invisible, especially when working on a long project like a novel when all the parts are in a jumble. It feels like I’m never going to find a way to bring it together. That’s when I’ve got to keep on with feeble daily attempts, trusting that someday they will blossom into a finished piece, never perfect, but whole. The question is, what makes the conditions “right”? The answer is time and patience. Not giving up. Trust. Trust that the invisible will become visible. The courage to begin is the first step. And there are never perfect conditions to start, just enough desire, enough curiosity about the outcome, enough determination to feed them and not the fear.
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