My writing is an overflow of the wine glass of my life.C. JoyBell C.
We’re often advised to write what we know, however, it could be said that we should write out of what we live.
Creativity is birthed in life.
When I think of the overflow of the wine glass of my life, words like abundance, plenty, bounty, abundance, expansive, and spacious all create images of more than enough.
The phrase, ‘the overflow of the wine glass of my life’ resonates with my soul.
The oft-quoted Psalm 23 says, ‘My cup runneth over’ and we use that phrase when we are blessed beyond measure.
A phrase taken from The Message, makes me think of a life that is lived beyond the borders of restriction.
‘I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life.’
My life is full to overflowing but there are questions:
Is my writing from the overflow of my life?
Is my life so full that it overflows into my writing?
Is my life full of the right things?
There’s a paradox in that the more you give, the more you receive. In creativity, the more time we give to living, really living, the more we receive a creative spark. Cultivating a creative lifestyle that draws on an abundant life is a challenge for writers.
That's why Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way suggests we go on artist dates. An artist date is a way to devote time to your creative self. It should be done solo. It may be walking through a stationery store or visiting a museum—anything you find creative and enjoyable.
I want a life that is like an overflowing glass of wine. I want a soul that overflows from the goodness of God.
I want a life where creativity flows like fine wine at a wedding. I want my writing to come from that overflowing.
Where does your writing flow from?