“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” John Ruskin
Tuesday night, a flock of writers swooped in and landed without incident into a cozy writer’s nest. Mother bird, and gracious hostess, Belinda Burston welcomed them with open wings.
Then wouldn’t you know it, in fluttered my friend and author, Brenda J. Wood, lugging a wacky book.
I’m sure this wonky idea never crossed Bobbi Brown’s mind when she penned her book.
I love all things wacky. Well, in this case–wonky. I rustled my feathers and chirped, gazing upon her creation.
When creative people write, draw, sculpt or paint, their motivation is intrinsic.
Carol Bainbridge said, “Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades.”
I agree with the first part–intrinsic motivation comes from inside an individual, but I also believe we’re motivated by external or outside rewards.
I know I am.
Let me jog your memory. When I participated in Susanna Leonard Hill’s, eight-week, Summer Short & Sweets challenge, I was motivated from within because I love to write. But I admit, I adore rewards. And guess what? For my efforts, I won a few prizes,—despite ignoring some of Susanna’s rules. I can’t wait for my goody package to arrive. Thanks, Susanna. 🙂
Let me shine the spotlight back on Brenda. She wasn’t motivated by money or grades, but at the prospect of participating in a challenge hosted by the Innisfil Public Library.
I’m certain, Brenda’s brain wheels whirled, eager to delve right in. The premise, to create a unique piece of art by clipping words, sentences and photos from old magazines, and then attaching colorful objects to books the library no longer used.
The entries were judged. Unfortunately, Brenda didn’t win a prize. I believe it was only because the judges mouths dropped and they were at loss for words, staring at her wonky and wacky creation. Did they not realize they stood before a genius?
Personally, I think the book should be showcased in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so generations to come can marvel at Brenda’s masterpiece.
I hope teacher’s and/or home school mom’s are jumping up and down at this brilliant idea. What a great way to help develop the right-side of a child’s brain.
All photos snapped by Belinda Burston. Thank you, Belinda for sharing your creative talents and for giving me permission to post them.
What do you think of this wonderful, wonky, and wacky idea?
Has Brenda inspired you to share this idea with your child or student? If so, and a child creates a wonky and wacky book, I’d love to showcase it on my blog.
Thanks for visiting! 🙂