“An artist must have downtime, time to do nothing. Defending our right to such time takes courage, conviction, and resiliency. Such time, space, and quiet will strike our family as a withdrawal from them. It is. An artist requires the upkeep of creative solitude. An artist requires the time of healing alone. Without this period of recharging, our artist becomes depleted…. We strive to be good, to be nice, to be helpful, to be unselfish. We want to be generous, of service, of the world. But what we really want is to be left alone. . . . ”
—Julia Cameron, from The Artist’s Way (1992)
Hi, Leslie, I hope you don’t mind but I was so intrigued with this subject, I decided to brainstorm my own thoughts and post them on my own web page. Here is the link.
Delighted to inspire you!