One of the weird and woo-woo things writers like to discuss is the flow-state we get into when we’re creating. I’m here to tell you, it’s not weird at all.
It feels to me, at least, like I’m tapped into the Holy Spirit, and he’s uniting with me so I can channel myself and all I’ve learned about this rich and wonderful life onto the page.
It’s a hallmark of creativity – that time when time seems to suspend itself. Other artists must feel this. When I painted regularly, I found the flow-state there too.
Now I paint with words.
I think as part of purveyors of the Universal Story all humans get into flow-state at some points in their lives. People say they’re not creative, but I don’t buy that. For me, it’s an exciting place to thrive, and live.
One way to know you’re there is the sensation of losing time. Ever read a book and the story is so consuming you look up and several hours have passed, or you’re half-way through the story?
Whether you know it or not, that’s a creative flow-state too—you are combining your imagination with the author’s during that time to create something magic.
That’s one reason I encourage others to read. Books are always terrific gifts because they open the world to the creative flow-state.
So, how about you? What examples can you give about times you’ve experienced a creative flow-state?