Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Meaning of Enthusiasm

Entheos, the root of the word enthusiasm, comes from the Greek 'to be filled with God'. Lately as I've contemplated starting new writing projects, I've felt a difference in how I approach my work. If I push myself to write just for the sake of knocking out the word count, I often feel there is emptiness to that approach. I do believe that there is benefit in starting to write when I don't feel inspired (which is often) and do often find that inspiration catches up to me. 

But the times when I feel most thrilled to be writing are when the words, sentences and stories seem to be spinning from a very deep and excited place in me - it's almost as though I can't wait to get the words down on the page. When that happens - I feel completely enthusiastic - "filled with God" - and the whole process of writing feels like a divine dance. 

How do you writers out there work? Do you subscribe to the BIC principle (butt in chair) or do you often feel filled with a divine sense of creative power — or perhaps both? 

20 comments:

  1. Entheos..totally love that! Beautifully written Amanda... Yes for me it is a soulful magical experience..suddenly creating with that divine dance as you shared! yes a creative exchange..channeling /flowing/feeling...like a current in motion it appears....and disappears when the energy is complete.
    Wishing you a beautiful day

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    1. I love what you say about the creative exchange being like a current in motion that appears and disappears when the energy is complete - lovely image!

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  2. my approach?,, hummm GMLMIG (ge-mil'-migg)_ "Get my lazy mind in gear" a little Entheos (n) would certainly grease the skids...reckon. hope u are doing good..glenn

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    1. Hey Glenn! GMLMIG - never heard that one before!

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  3. So glad to hear from you. Just commented on your comment. Love enthusiasm and those kind of people; rarely do I receive that gift. I think it must be an individual thing; sometimes it flows and sometimes you just have to work through it. Perhaps nap or meditate or take a walk and let the words come to you. I think most of the time, I just fly by the seat of my pants, but love the idea of treating it like a job and going at it like a job.

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    1. Donna, This past year writing has been very much like a job (and a nice one!) because I had a book deal with a manuscript due by a deadline. Now that this project is done and I don't have another book deal at the moment, writing is more.....organic you might say. Perhaps having a project where someone's expecting something from you by a certain date is good motivation!

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  4. I've always enjoyed writing fiction and usually the limit is time more than enthusiasm. I don't find word counts that relevant since some of my best writing comes from cutting, condensing and rewriting. There are definitely days when my fingers fly and other days when I agonize over one page. It's all part of the process. I have to remind myself to take breaks to rest my body - butt in chair can be hard on your back! I wish lots of entheos!

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    1. I think the whole word count thing is a bit artificial. I went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak once and asked her if she preferred word count or time limit for writing and she said time as well. I feel comforted to know you too have days where you agonize over one page - I guess we all struggle with that and are grateful for the days when the fingers fly!

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  5. I am not a writer but I know how it is when it comes to work-you sit and think and you are not creative at all and sudennly you feel inspiration, enthusiasm or however it is called and you become to be effective

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    1. It does just seem to be magical, doesn't it?!

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  6. I love when this happens with my drawings - not often, not enough but great and cathartic when it does

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    1. We've got to treasure those moments and use them as escape velocity when they happen!

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  7. Inspiration helps, but BIC is key... that and some sort of schedule and repetition... I am sorely out of practice, but I know the words and ideas and flow will come if and when I choose to give time to the art.

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    1. I think, as with most things, it's not about just one element. I guess we need to be creative with how we go about our creativity!

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  8. I'm not a writer so I have nothing to add, except this: http://picoiyerjourneys.com/index.php/2005/11/writing-undoes-me/

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    1. Good to see you Agnes! Thank you for sharing this amazing article♡

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  9. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don't really provide anything that attract others, but I'm most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.

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  10. I sort of feel a bit like that sometimes. Not that I am a writer of course :)

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  11. I only write for myself. But I have done research for the projects of other people and writers. I am fascinated by how the muse works. Often it can be small things, an image, a quote, something someone says in passing - even a scent. I have not been on blogger lately (distracted by the garden in summer) and see you have a new header image - I love it!

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  12. I like your poster about knowledge and enthusiasm

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