“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
— Joseph Heller
It’s true. No matter what you may be feeling or thinking, writing just doesn’t happen for the chosen few, it’s hard damn work for every single writer every single day of their life. Continue reading “Saturday Inspiration”
“Ballast yourself with reality, then throw yourself into the sea. The sea is inspiration. That’s what we’re looking for: the release into the unconscious that comes up with images. You’re dealing with images.” —
This is from the documentary, ‘It Takes A Lunatic’. In it, you learn about Wynn’s life in the theater. He’s an acting coach, and so this quote describes the creative process. We as writers are actors as well. We delve into our characters and mumble their words and thoughts.
The most important part of this quote is when he talks of ballasting ourselves in reality. We must, he says, start with our lives and what we’re going through before we can delve into creation and the sea of the unconscious that swims us like fish.
This is exactly where I’m at now, and you will one day be here too. To allow that sea to take you, you must ready yourself with the fact that you will be taken.
“When it comes to the reading part of it, there’s a magic moment, a really magic moment—if you read enough, it will always come to you if you want to be a writer—where you put down some book and say, ‘This really SUCKS. I could do better than THIS. And this got PUBLISHED.’” —Stephen King
I love this quote because it reminds us writers that we need a floor as well as a ceiling. Especially right out of college, we get inundated with the flawless prose and poetry of The Greats. Even writers that no one knows about can be detrimental if that’s all we read.
So read some really bad crap! There’s plenty out there. And realize that yes, indeed, you CAN do this and can do it EVEN BETTER than you think!
Create and Complete!
“It’s actually a fact: your adventure is your adventure. And if it is yours, the world will open. Where other people would run into obstacles and blocks, it will open for you. You get on the road, and are thumbing your way. The car that stops has the people in it that are just the ones that can carry you that distance and give you advice and perhaps a five-dollar bill to carry you on the rest of the way.”
Joseph Campbell is such an inspiration to me, not only for his knowledge of ancient myths but simply his storyteller’s character. If you’ve never watched Power of Myth, watch it. It’s great.
But this quote is something I can relate to. It’s as if life moves with you. It’s eerie almost. And the more you let go and believe in yourself, life will somehow aid you.
“Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write, as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.”
If it takes a few years (or a few decades like it took me) don’t ever stop writing and creating to find your voice. And you will know that it is your true voice as soon as you write something that comes from within you and you exclaim, ‘Oh there you are!’.
I love this quote because it so succinctly commands us what we should be doing–create your self and your style and your art as no one else can do.
And we ALL have that ability. Every single one of us.
In other words, do YOU.
Create and Complete.
“I’ve never known a writer who didn’t feel ill at ease in the world. We all feel unhoused in some sense, that’s part of why we write. We feel we don’t fit in; that this world is not our world; that though we may move in it, we’re not of it. You don’t need to write a novel if you feel home in the world.”
— Andrea Barrett
This is a quote that is more sobering than inspiring; though, for me, it is inspiring but in a different way.
We are weirdos, and we should love that. Art is created from the very well spring of this weirdness and also our constant dance of acceptance and solace that writers takes part in the world with every time they create.
This enlivens me, this quote. It means. It only that what I am feeling is normal but also that my work is important. Writers need to get distance to write, and sometimes, that distance is their lives.
Embrace your weirdness!
Create and complete.