Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creativity ~ Part IV: Forbearance

Creativity: An 8-Part Series

By Kristy McCaffrey

Don't miss:
Part I ~ Imagination
Part III ~ Shape-Shifting

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Forbearance is the act of patience, restraint, and tolerance. To forbear is to endure. Another interpretation is to refrain from a harsh judgment. In the Old Testament, one translation of forbear is ‘to keep silent or to be still’.

How does this relate to creativity?

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Copyright 2014 Kristy McCaffrey

Creation can’t be rushed. It must unfold in its own time. It’s the difference between ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’. When a creative endeavor has been given the proper time to percolate, a depth and authenticity will emerge that will be undeniable. If rushed, the project will only be a toe-dip in the soul-creating cauldron. The result will be a pale fa├žade, a shallow rendering, and one that is easily consumed and digested, leaving no lasting fullness.

How long is long enough? Only you can know this. However, understanding the need for forbearance can ease the stress of thinking I must get this done NOW. For the painter, the writer, or the filmmaker, this time should be spent learning the fundamentals. Then, when the BIG story comes, or the BIG canvas, the skills will be in place to filter the highest quality of work.

Copyright 2014 Kristy McCaffrey

In today’s world, there’s a need to rush. We’re all guilty of it. We release a work, an idea, before it’s reached fruition. Learning forbearance is a crucial skill if we hope to fully develop our talents, and even more importantly, to understand the way our process unfolds, for this is as individual as the person.

Don’t miss Part V in the Creativity series: Maiden/Mother/Crone

Until next time…

Friday, October 17, 2014

BIG EVENT!! Western Historical Romance Book Sale, Oct. 17 - 20, 2014

Another interruption to my blog series on Creativity, but I think you're gonna like this. The Pioneer Hearts group, a dedicated spot in Facebook cyberspace for readers and writers of Old West romances, has come together to offer an awesome sale. This 99c Western Romance Event will run from October 17th - 20th. Browse the selections and snap up some new reads. Most are available at Kindle, Nook and iBooks. My book, The Dove, is included. Now, you can get both The Wren and The Dove (Books One and Two in my Wings series) for only 99c each!


This sale includes dozens of books for your Kindle, and a selection for your Nook or iBooks libraries, as well. And you know what else is fun? You can win some pretty snazzy prizes!

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Want to win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards? Share our sale and follow our authors!

You could also win signed books, a beautiful turquoise pendant necklace (voted a favorite by the Pioneer Hearts Readers Group!), and more!

See Rafflecopter here and win!

See Nook links here (THE DOVE isn't listed, but it IS 99cents at Nook also)

See iBooks links here