How to get past your gatekeeper

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In fairytales the adventurer goes on a quest, to find something, or do some heroic task. Often along the way there is a gatekeeper, a holder of the secrets, a holder of the reassures.


A giant that needs to be told a story that entrances it and lulls it to sleep so you can creep past

A wiley clever troll that needs reasoning with

A philosopher that needs a riddle answered

Maybe some gift or payment given

A hardened mistreated character that can be lulled by the gentle tones of beautiful music


What does your creative gatekeeper look like?

What gifts might you need to give it to lull it into a deep slumber so you and your paintbrush can sneak past?

What distraction might you need to provide so that you and your violin can scurry past while it looks elsewhere?


4 thoughts on “How to get past your gatekeeper”

  1. I have a creative naughty fairy that mucks up time – hides the mess and the dirt and helps me forget dates and appointments so that I can make art all day …….

    1. What a fabulous naughty fairy you have! Sounds like you have an ally and coconspirator. They are a big part of the fairytale landscape too – the trickster and wily one who can disrupt normality and create room for the new.

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