I am smack-bang in the middle of the hardest part of my current project.

No longer the fresh excitement and boundless possibilities of the new, nor yet the fragrant and tantalising promise of completion, just the work; the seemingly endless and repetitive no-mans-land of the daily grind.

But still everyday I get up, brew my coffee, and get after it.

This post is about why.

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Sometimes, the work feels like a war.

There are times when my body is tired, or broken, or both.  Times when my spirit is thoroughly unwilling.  Times when the well feels empty, when I have nothing to say; when my fingers are stiff and cold, my voice is silent, and the whole world seems haar-bleached, fog-bound, and grey.

But I am a veteran at this game.  I know her rules and I know her secrets.  I have witnessed long the tricks and wiles of my opposition.  I have been making music, writing things, and performing them live ever since I was 7 years old.  In terms of this I am an old lion; and I know well my jungle in darkness.

I have learned over time that how I am feeling in the moment bears no relation to the quality of what may be produced in any given session.  Thoughts, emotions, and the body are generally poor indicators of the day’s potential.  The things I make when I feel bad and the things I make when I feel good are indistinguishable in terms of quality when I look back on them in the cold light of morning.

When understood properly this one fact removes nearly all excuses.

In any pursuit of worth resistance is a constant.  This is not a bad thing.  It is the resistance that the electricity encounters whilst travelling along the wire inside the bulb that creates the light which illuminates our world.  The surfer is nothing without the wave, the pilot nothing without the onrush of air; and the greatest fighter in the world is but a dancer if deprived of an Opponent.

Creating things of worth and sharing them with others in order to elevate the world is one of the ways that I have chosen to justify my small part of the life that we all share in this fragile, chaotic, and beautiful dance of existence.

It is a good war.

It is my war

What’s yours? ;-)


My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.

I put almost every waking hour of my life into what I do.  If you find any worth or value in this post, my writing, or my music please consider supporting my mission by purchasing some of my music or spoken word recordings.  You’ll get some beautiful art, you can choose the amount you’d like to pay, and 10% of each purchase goes straight to a worthy charity.  Every single sale makes a difference in my world and allows me to carry on making things like this.

You can also support me by Spreading the Word.

Reblogging, retweeting, and posting links to what I do on your: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc really helps me out.  Since I started making art publicly my audience has grown, not because of any mainstream press coverage, but mostly due to grassroots word-of-mouth recommendations from awesome folk like you.

You guys are the reason I do what I do.  You are my people and we are in this together.  Any victory on my part is a shared victory in my opinion, so let’s shake the very foundations and make something world-sized and worth celebrating, together.

I truly hope you are well.  Best wishes, and great big man-sized love.

J


P.S. I am a big fan of the comments section and the conversations that spring up there.  If you have any thoughts, questions, or just want to chat – hit me up using the box just below and let’s get to it.

187 thoughts on “ This Is My War ”

  1. As much as I love the content, imagery in this post of yours is stunning! Reminded me of the Arch Enemy’s song, War Eternal. Check it out, if you haven’t yet :)

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  2. I like it! I heartily agree with your awesome post, James. I am reminded of the concept of Yin and Yang, opposite forces interconnected in the natural world. They can also be thought of as complimentary forces (everything has both yin and yang aspects). For example, a shadow cannot exist without light, or one I’ve heard repeated often: their is no gain without pain (often used in physical endurance and exercise). For me, writing is so much more than just sitting down and typing words on a page. I put my heart and soul (not to mention tons of research) into my chapters to create something that I am proud of. The first draft is the most fun to write and then the real work starts: rewriting, revising, editing and polishing… It will never be perfect and I’ve learned (taken a while to do so) that’s okay. My only hope – I’ve kept my promise to the reader to create a story that is enjoyable, thought-provoking and relateable. The work ethics are still the same no matter the goal: to be the best you can be, you have to do it every day. And you do, James.

    Be well my friend. Happy holidays to you and yours, xoxo, Kat.

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  3. Inspirational piece, James. Thank you. I especially loved the line, “In any pursuit of worth resistance is a constant.” I too feel a calling to create “things of worth” to “elevate the world”, and I’m striving on a daily basis to work through the resistance of my own self-doubt.

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  4. On this Christmas Day I just wanted to let you know that your words are still in my head, they came through like a war-cry; the very nature of being alive seems to bring the state of war to us-we will win some and lose some, by sharing your battle, we realize that every war is worth the fight, there is always a gift waiting for us in the fighting and I know you’ll grasp yours soon! I have fought many wars and at this moment in time, I’m now beginning to savour the gifts won before the next, it means that I’m still here…

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  5. “Thoughts, emotions, and the body are generally poor indicators of the day’s potential.” This is a very powerful statement you make, just shows the possibility of creation at all terms! Loved your heartfelt writing.

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  6. Thank you for sharing the struggle of the creative mind, James! Mood and creative output are inextricably linked, though I think understanding the relationship takes years and years of toiling away at our craft

    For me, my biggest war right now is maintaining my creative writing while finishing my graduate school program. On the plus side, writing reams and reams of papers on counseling theories and the therapeutic alliance has kept my fiction skills sharp!

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  7. “Creating things of worth and sharing them with others in order to elevate the world is one of the ways that I have chosen to justify my small part of the life that we all share in this fragile, chaotic, and beautiful dance of existence.” SO BEAUTIFUL! and heart felt. I can relate…indeed “it is a good war.” Thank you for visiting my blog. :)

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  8. You are a beautiful writer. I appreciate your like of ,h last post – that means so much to me. Please share me as much as you like, especially with my upcoming chapter ☺️

    I too want to share that which is enriching and possibly expansive for others. I am rebuilding my foundation after some beautiful life lessons, and looking to create a conscious business in order to remove myself a little further from the system.

    I also want you to be aware of how much I enjoy your music. I’ve been mentioning you to people since I first heard you in the radio, and I want more.

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