1. Jeannine

    “For me, inspiration happens when I break loose from those soul-sucking musts and shoulds…”

    Exactly! As important as those musts and shoulds are, sometimes you have to toss them to the wind for awhile; otherwise, you are stifled.

    • Melodye Shore

      And toss them to the wind, I did! I released them on my morning walk, and whoosh! Ocean breezes just whisked them away. 🙂

  2. Leisa

    What a great reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the rules. They’re important to learn, but it’s also important to learn when to let them go and let our creativity flow.

    • Melodye Shore

      I was taught from an early age to follow the rules, without question or exception. But whew, it’s so liberating, isn’t it, to loosen those restrictions–even just a little!

    • Melodye Shore

      I’m glad this resonated with you, Pamela. What sweeter gift is there, really, for a writer? xo

  3. Kim Baccellia

    ..But I’ve learned that it’s far too easy –and dangerous– to focus all our energies on straight-ahead instructions, easily reproduced…
    Omg, you totally nailed it(once again!). When I first started seriously writing back in 2000, I ended up getting caught up in focusing on the instructions to a point that I forgot or lost the real joy of writing.
    Now, I’m learning that writing isn’t a case of ‘who finishes first’ or ‘what technique is the right one’ but that it’s okay to slow down and process.
    Thanks for this post!

    • Melodye Shore

      YES, and good on you, Kim!! Allow yourself time to process–i.e., things through–as opposed to following (without question) a step-by-step formula. I’ll bet the words flow more easily when you do.

  4. Carol Baldwin

    Are you sure that those first few photographs aren’t paintings? Stunning colors, Melodye. The couple walking through/under/in the middle of/the archway is magnificent. Well done in pictures and words. Exquisite.

    • Melodye Shore

      So funny that you’d say that, Carol (in a good way). Because sometimes when I’m walking on the beach, I think to myself, “The water’s so beautiful this morning; it looks just like a painting.” 🙂

    • Melodye Shore

      Thank you, Jeannine. I’m inspired also by your recent blog post about trusting our process, even when it’s bumpy.

  5. Once again, I have totally have lost myself in your story.
    This. Right now. Truly IS the room where it happens.

    Painting. Ocean. Be still my heart.
    Thank you so much for sharing so beautifully YOUR STORY.

    • Melodye Shore

      Thank you for joining me in this room, right this moment, while it’s happening. So glad to see you, and grateful for the opportunity to share my story. xo

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