Zen Camera, created by David Ulrich, is a beautiful book that has languished on my book shelf far too long.  Opening it at random, I find a list of Experiential Stages of the Creative Process. 

Stage one: Discovery and Encounter. Wassily Kandinsky* says an important motivation for creative work is:  “Inner necessity.”

Ulrich says something similar in different words: “In this stage you encounter the need to just do it, just begin in spite of fear, doubt, and insecurity.”

It’s difficult to explain, even to myself, the inner necessity I feel to create a memoir describing my experience in Freudian psychoanalysis. I have fear of feeling exposed, doubt I can write, and insecurity wondering how people will judge me when they read it.

But I have to do it. It is an inner necessity. Have you ever encountered a creative project you felt destined to complete? How did you cope with fear, doubt and insecurity? Let me know if you have any tips!

Thanks for exploring the mystery – Nicky Mendenhall

CLUE: Make a big pot of soup. Eat some and freeze the rest.  When the snow arrives and you don’t feel like cooking, thaw it out and send me an email of thanks.  

*Kandinsky is a Russian painter mentioned by Ulrich.

Image is of Guardian. I wish I knew how to capture the brilliant yellow leaves in all their glory.
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  1. Comment: "Inner necessity" is a beautiful and accurate way to describe that internal push to create or to tell a story. I love that you're honoring yours. Can't wait to read about your journey!

  2. Hi Diane,
    Thanks for your support. I know that you
    are following your inner necessity too and
    that inspires me.
    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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