Making the Wine

10 11 2013

A Year in Burgundy is a beautiful and quiet documentary on the art of winemaking in the pastoral heart of France. The winemakers know the importance of each season. Late summer is time for harvesting. As the leaves of the autumn vines turn red and gold and fall to the earth, it is time to prune the vines. You can see the smoky haze on the horizon as the winemakers burn those pruned-off vines in the vineyards and let the ashes fertilize the roots for next year’s harvest. Winter is the time for the vines to rest as their roots dig deeper into the ground.

grapevine

Many of the winemakers in this fertile corner of the world farm vineyards that span generations, as do the actual vines. Some vines that hold the grapes of the world’s best wine live to be 100-years-old. The older the vine, the deeper the roots, the more the vines can weather periods of drought. Watching this film made me realize what real artisans these winemakers are and that nature is their palate.

I talk about the creative process in a workshop I give on creativity and innovation and why it is important to understand your own process. Most, if not all of us have a period of time we call procrastination. It’s when we’ll do anything, but the creative job that has a deadline looming. This procrastination is actually creative hibernation. Just like the grapevine in winter, you may not see the creative harvest yet because your creative roots are digging deep and your creative vine needs to rest. The reason it’s important to know your own process is that you must honor this quiet time and not only celebrate the creative harvest.

As a writer I’ve observed and learned my creative process is different from my design process and different from my presentation process. Each are different varietals of creative vines, similar but uniquely their own.

The last few weeks, I’ve been feeling the need for a creative hibernation. A quiet season to still my mind and rejuvenate. I’m recognizing my need for quiet and reflection. Maybe it’s the time of year, the chill in the air, the leaves are falling, the days are shorter, even my bamboo has slowed it’s relentless attempt to take over my yard.  The busy season of holidays is almost upon us. I’ve decided to not take on any new projects for the rest of the year. I need to slow down and nurture me.

After a quiet night alone with a fire glowing in the background, savoring a glass of wine while watching a documentary on how it was made, I awoke before dawn with ideas that had fermented in my dreams. I had words that were ready to be harvested. The parallels to the seasons of winemaking and the creative process were ready to spill out of my pen.

wineglassHonor the season you are in
Fertilize the soil
Plant the idea
Let it hibernate
Allow it to grow
Nurture the creative vine
Prepare for droughts
Grow and create
Grow and create
Grow and create
Prune your creation
And prune again
Know the time to harvest
Pick the best grapes
Make the wine
Throw it away if it is sour
Start over if necessary
Savor when done
Celebrate
Drink what you have created
Honor the season you are in

Salut

Advertisements

Actions

Information

22 responses

10 11 2013
Lisa Garon Froman

Wonderful Connie. I totally get this. I’m hibernating a bit too these days; it just feels right.

10 11 2013
conniemcleod

I think we need to hibernate together with a glass of wine.

10 11 2013
janieemaus

Beautiful photo!

10 11 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Janie

10 11 2013
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Connie, Yes, I know too well the seemingly placid time of creative hibernation. I think wine makes it go even better:)
Estelle

10 11 2013
conniemcleod

Estelle, I just got back from buying wine!!

10 11 2013
Lois Alter Mark

Creative hibernation is my favorite new expression, and I’m going to use it every time I procrastinate — which is often. Great post, and I really love your parallels between winemaking and creativity.

10 11 2013
conniemcleod

Lois, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it !!

10 11 2013
Linda Wolff (@CarpoolGoddess)

I love the positive spin on procrastination. I seem to be in a state of creative hibernation a lot! Beautiful piece.

10 11 2013
conniemcleod

Linda, it’s a reality all creative people deal with!

11 11 2013
Cathy Chester

I grew up in a world of wine. Dad founded a Wine Society that now boasts 200 members with a waiting list. We had a wine cellar and I was blessed to travel to him to the Loire Valley in France, and to Napa, for private tours of vineyards. I love the analogy of the masterful art of winemaking to what we do as writers and creative people. We nurture the grapes as we tend to ourselves. In the end, both will be beauties to enjoy.

A fabulous post, Connie. Your creative juices are flowing, and I virtually toast you with a glass of Vouvray.

11 11 2013
conniemcleod

Cathy, you would love the documentary, a Year in Burgandy. It’s all about people who know and love wine.

11 11 2013
Sandra Sallin

Perfect analogy. You realize that all of us are now going into creative hibernation. Great excuse. Beautiful photo.

11 11 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Sandra!

11 11 2013
Helene Bludman

Connie, this is beautiful! Your words and the photo and the parallels between wine making and the creative process … just stunning. I also love the term “creative hibernation.” I’m right there with you.

11 11 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Helene, I appreciate your comment.

11 11 2013
Sheryl

Love this. Now I don’t feel so guilty/frustrated/doubting about my (forced) hibernation. Behind the scenes, there are (perhaps) great things in the works!

11 11 2013
conniemcleod

Your creative roots are working hard!

12 11 2013
Kathy Radigan

Lovely. I totally get this! Thanks!

12 11 2013
conniemcleod

I’m glad it spoke to you.

12 11 2013
haralee

Beautiful! I too feel I have taken on too much this year and have been saying no and feeling OK until Jury Duty. I have been good citizen for the last 2 weeks and it has been a respite of sorts.

12 11 2013
conniemcleod

Yeah, I feel I’ve reached a saturation point, time to rest.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: