Artists need experiences...

I've found that writing has become more difficult with convalescence because there is a singular lack of new experiences.  New experiences create new thoughts and make for more interesting conversation.

As I thought about this, I was reminded of something shared from a 2007 RandomCathy post, Starving Artists...

Kara Lennox is a successful romance novelist. I heard her speak once about a stall in her career where she couldn't sell a thing. She decided her life as an author was probably over, so she stopped writing.

During that time, she went on a cycling adventure down Route 66. That adventure led her to explore others. Instead of writing about life she began living it. It recharged her soul and she began to write (and sell) again.

David-the-Artist-Pastor introduced me to a great quote by Theodore Zeldin...“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet they don’t just exchange facts; They transform them, reshape them, draw different conclusions from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards, it creates new cards.”

We all need new cards from time to time, and they aren't actually that difficult to generate. The thing is that it takes us being willing to break our comfortable routine. Reading authors we've never read, speaking with people with different life experience...having different life experiences ourselves. That exposure creates richer, deeper, more interesting human beings.

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