Connect and Create by Pete Ford
I am convinced there are 36 magical hours each October when my brain functions at high capacity. Each year at Breathe, my mind runs overtime collecting, sharing, recording, and imagining many ideas, resources, friendships, and stories. If you want proof, flip through the pages of my Moleskine notebook.
Our abilities to connect and create are two aspects of being created in God’s own image. We were designed in ways other creatures were not to share relationships and craft art.
One of the most widespread and harmful myths about writing is that it is only a lonely activity. While there are parts of reading and writing that I can only do on my own, my writing will be terrible unless I have a solid network in place to shape the ideas that come into my head and flow out my keyboard.
Each time we connect, we also create something. Growing up, I was taught that when it comes to friendship, one plus one equals more than two. Community creates something much greater than the sum of its parts.
On the other hand, we actually cannot create without connections. Each year I set down my reading and writing to come to events like Breathe and be inspired by other writers. Even the greatest authors can’t do it on their own. Next time you browse the bookstore, imagine the innumerable friends, agents, editors, and marketers behind each book on the shelf.
I am so excited for Breathe 2017. This year’s theme gets at the heart of what Breathe is all about every year: connecting people to create work that glorifies God. I hope to see you all at Breathe this October. My advice: bring a notebook.