One of my favorite creativity blogs is Mark McGuinness’s Lateral Action. Based in London, Mark is a poet who consults with entrepreneurs, creatives, and businesses. Sound familiar? He’s on the board of a literary magazine – one I published in a dozen years ago. He was a reluctant entrepreneur. He is a kindred spirit.
So, I’m thrilled he’s posted my guest blog, “Create in the Twilight Zone.”
Here’s the beginning (and zap over to Lateral Action and leave your comments there – and then subscribe to Mark’s blog and his slew of other fantastic offerings):
Each morning before dawn, novelist Nicholson Baker would slip out of bed without waking his wife, creep downstairs without stirring his kids, make a pot of coffee, light a fire in his wood-burning stove, flip on his laptop – the only other light besides the flames – and write.
In that dark twilight space between wake and dream, Baker created a quirky novella that celebrates the extraordinary of the ordinary: A Box of Matches. His naïve narrator, a medical textbook editor who lives in Maine with wife, kids, and duck Greta, riffs on everything from the pleasure of how a dishwasher’s top rack rolls out to the exhilaration of scrubbing first thing in the morning a dish left out overnight (“smiling with the clenched-teeth smile of the joyful scrubber”).
What Baker and his narrator embody are what novelist Jonathan Rosen says every great writer possesses: wonder. Read the rest.
See you in the woods,