As a child, one of my favorite activities was coloring. I loved new crayons (the smell of a new box STILL thrills me) and, well, there was no such thing as too many coloring books!
Sometimes I used as many colors on a page as possible; sometimes I opted for several shades of just one color (back then I had yet to learn about ‘monochromatic’); sometimes I outlined everything on the page, sometimes I did not. However I filled up the page, staying inside the lines was a Prime DIrective (for non-Trekkers/trekkies: the Prime Directive was the one absolute, no exceptions law while exploring the universe). For some reason, as kids, we equated skill and talent with how well one stayed in the lines.
Today as a writer and an artist, I often mentally bump up against some imagined 'Prime Directive.' When some radically new (to me) idea pops into my head, my first thought is likely to be “is-that-allowed” or “that’s-not-the-way-its-done-no-one-does-it-that-way.” It is a stretch for me both mentally and emotionally to allow myself the creative space to “color outside the lines,” or try new ideas, experiment with new combinations. What I realized today is that, as an artist and writer, it is not only OK to “color outside the lines,” it is expected! Yee-haa!!'