“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” – Goethe
I’ve had ideas percolating for months. Ways of merging words, poetry, haiku with design, film, theater.
Who am I, someone who has spent most of her professional life as a writer, to dip my toes into the pond of visualization?
As a recent book reminded me, “Who am I not to?”
I will fail, and I may have to abandon some ideas.* But I will learn along the way. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll also find co-conspirators and collaborators to help—and enhance—my more ambitious ideas. It’s tempting to want this all to be mapped out before I begin, which pretty much ensures I’ll never get started.
This article and this one, Ira Glass’ famous words on taste and “the gap,” Painting in the Dark, the aforementioned book (and related podcast, especially the episodes with Elizabeth Gilbert), and this print remind me of the power of doing. Of getting started. Of taking the first step and not getting so concerned about steps two, three, ten and eighteen.
With that in mind, I’m participating in Elle Luna’s The 100 Days Project. My project will involve writing haiku and pairing each one with an image I’ve created. I don’t expect each entry to be perfect or great…maybe some days they won’t even be good…but at the end of the 100 days, I hope to have a few gems I can polish further.
You can follow along with my progress on Instagram.
I hope you will.
And more than that, I hope you’ll take the action you’ve been merely considering.
Goethe was right. There is power in it.
* So far failures include a just-for-fun book cover design that was greeted with crickets by the author (and almost everyone else), as well as some space designs for Society6 that ran into some compression issues—design friends if you have a couple hours to advise (ahem, teach) me where I went wrong and answer the question “Can these designs be saved?” let me know. Thank you.
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