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My creative whirlwind

Welcome to the final week of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood by Lucy H. Pearce which has been Amazon.co.uk’s Hottest New Release in Motherhood for the past week!Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 

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I am delighted to be taking part in this Carnival of Creative Mothers and to be a very small contributor to this wonderful book. Please do get your hands on a copy if you get the chance. Here’s my post on my creative process…I never wrote before I became a mother. Sure I wrote essays and assignments for school and college – and I always thought that I would write at some stage – but I never actually wrote anything just for me until I started this blog. I am the author of some heart-breakingly embarrassing teenage love poetry that will never see the light of day but that was less self-expression and more “something I should be doing” as an angsty and tortured misfit.

Something about becoming a mother opened a creative door for me. I find now that even though I don’t publish as often as I did when I began blogging, I write all the time. It feels like it just has to get out. What might not be a popular thing to share is that it comes very easily to me. I don’t ruminate and suffer for the sake of a few hundred words.

If I have nothing to say, I simply don’t.

But then a thought appears. First like a slight change in air pressure where I think “what’s this?”, followed by a light breeze picking up and gently swirling around my head. And then it grows into something bigger and gathers strength and speed. It demands more of my concentration. An atom of a thought becomes a molecole of several. Then its energy pulls in words, a turn of phrase here and there, sentences, paragraphs until really a piece of writing is fully formed.

It can rumble like faraway thunder for a few days. Sometimes, it rumbles then wanes only to re-emerge a few months later.

But mostly lightning follows and I open a new page and literally transcribe what’s in my head. Straight down in one sitting, all in one go.

And then it’s finished.

I never re-edit, just read back and correct a missing or misspelt word. Or maybe move around a sentence or two.

It’s all over then. The pressure change that became a storm, that wore itself out with a lightning climax. It’s all calm again until the next pressure change comes.

It took knowing I was writing this post to actually analyse my creative process. I hadn’t thought about how I did it before. I did observe a pressure change a few weeks ago when a friend asked me if I found it hard to write and I realised the answer was no. Then this post whirled slowly for a long time until I could name it today. My creative process feels like a meteorological event.

What’s yours?


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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
  • Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
  • Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back? 
  • Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
  • In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
  • Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
  • Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
  • Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
  • Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
  • Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
  • Ali Baker talks about connecting
    with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
    our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
  • KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder. 
  • Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
  • Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process. 
  • Biromums write about their creative processes.
  • Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
  • Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
  • Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.  
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
  • Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.

6 thoughts on “My creative whirlwind”

  1. Thank you for taking the time to reflect and share your creative process with us, it sounds very similar to mine, and if I have nothing to write, I don’t… unless I have to because I have a deadline. Then it feels like pulling teeth.

    1. My pleasure Lucy. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book!

      Same here on the writing, if there’s a “have to” hanging over it, it takes away all the joy…

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