Creativity is the child of chaos. Art is the child of order […but] in instances of great fortune, we hold the magic long enough before our conscious mind’s eye long enough to capture [inspiration] on paper. In those moments, what we are struggling to do is bring order to chaos. We are taking the most ephemeral panting of the mind and confining it to the physicality of paper and ink. We are hammering them to the tiny, ever specificity of words. What begins as only the electric firing of our brains now becomes[…]stories. ~K.M. Weiland
I’ve been a regular listener of the podcast Helping Writers Become Authors by K.M. Weiland for about a year now. She’s written fantasies, young adults, writing workbooks, and has a wonderful database breaking down story structures. Although her blog and podcast focuses on longer wrong, her fundamentals and writing process really speak to the way I think about stories.
What I love about this quote is that it captures the experience of that moment of inspiration until it is tamed. Sometimes the transfer process is full of gaps (it sounded better in my head) or sometimes it comes out closer what desired. It also works for any kind of art. Whatever your medium of choice is, you are confining it to that physicality.
The other reason I like this quote is because it reminds me that living a creative life can be a labor of love. When you read, see, view, hear finished works of art, it is easy to forget that it most likely didn’t come out that way. However, it all starts the same way, in a blue blaze of a firing neuron. From that spark of inspiration , our art is formed and carved from the chaos.