Let Go of Control to Steer a True Creative Course

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. —André Gide

When I turned the page of the small calendar by my desk to December, I was greeted with this quote. It feels so true to me, of all types of creativity and also of life in general.

Today, I’m going to let Gide’s words and this photo speak for themselves. I hope you find them as inspirational as I do.


5 Responses to “Let Go of Control to Steer a True Creative Course”

  1. 1 Heather Conroy December 1, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Sandy. Your quote reminds me of a feeling that I (and friends and family) have at times when trying something new, or taking a leap of faith. I refer to it as in between the trapeze swings. You have taken the leap but have not grasped the swing on the other side. It’s a (sometimes) frightening but wonderful sensation.

  2. 2 K a b l o o e y December 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    It’s a scary feeling and it makes me hug the shoreline, I’m afraid. When I travel I can do it — open myself up to the adventure, not worry about sticking to a plan, and just go where the currents take me. When I write I have never been disciplined enough to outline anything, so I’m at sea in that respect, but that’s not the positive journey you’re talking about. You and Gide are talking about trusting the process and not holding back when venturing past old landmarks (habits, topics, genres, etc.) and not being afraid to travel the deep blue waters (of honesty, embarrassment, pain) outside our comfort zone. Mixing metaphors wildly, but I hear you.

  3. 3 stranglingmymuse December 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Heather, I love your “in between the trapeze swings” analogy — thanks for sharing it!

    Kablooey, it’s great that you can open yourself up to the unknown when you’re traveling. I agree it can be scary to let go, whether you’re traveling physically or on a creative journey. I’m not a big outliner either, and I’ve found that I’ve done my best creative writing when I completely let go and trust my Muse to guide me.


  4. 4 K a b l o o e y December 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Sandy: I recommended your blog to another blog buddy and forgot to tell you. Check out comments to this post to see her response.

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