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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Edouard Manet

"I need to work to feel well."

— Edouard Manet
French Artist
1832 - 1883

A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
If I go too long without writing, I feel it in my soul, not my body.  I feel something is missing — that my life is out of whack.  And the only way to bring everything back into balance is to put pen to paper.  I have been writing for 36 years and I know I will continue to write as long as I can breathe and my mind is sound.  I met a man once who was writing his first book at 101.  When I saw him two years later, he was working on his second book.  Creative people have a need to produce creative works.  A number of actors have turned to painting in their later years.  Some current actors are writing novels.  Writers turn to painting and painters turn to poetry.

What happens when you stop painting or writing?  Can you feel the change in your soul?  In your bones?  Do you feel yourself drawn back to work?