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On Courage

Categories: Kate Monahan 2009-2010.

“What “real
artists” have is courage. Not enormous gobs of it. Just enough for today.
Creativity, like breathing, always comes down to the question, “Are you doing
it now?” The awful truth is that there is always some small creative act for
which we can find the courage. If you can’t mail your manuscript today, you can
Xerox it and address the envelope. Perhaps tomorrow the envelope can be dropped
in the mail. Just for today, even if you can’t start a new canvas, you can
stretch one, gesso one, and clean your brushes. As with housework, there is
always something, and the little somethings add up, over time, to a flow.
Courage, after all, is a matter of heart, and hearts do their work one beat at
a time.”

Cameron, The Vein of Gold

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2 Responses to On Courage

  1. Kate says:

    Thanks, Zachary! Yes, I always love looking at those quotes for inspiration, too. They really seem to help! I’ll try to put in a word about them for the next MFA blogger. :)

  2. Zachary Grimm says:

    Another wonderful gem of inspiration, Kate! I have a few printouts of quotes (many from your blog) that I keep above my computer where I can see them while I write or think about what to write when my writing’s voice isn’t quite so present. I’m really hoping whomever blogs after you could include some writing quote. (Maybe you could "suggest" that he or she do so? haha) :-)

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