Today I feel like I could do just about anything. I haven’t slept through a whole night in a very long time, but the last two nights I have. I thought you should all know – today I feel really good.
Inspiration in the last week has been much and varied:
I found my missing copy of Monica Wood’s “The Pocket Muse”. Haven’t heard of it before? Get it. Trust me. It makes it easier to get the cogs moving on those days when it just doesn’t want to happen. I actually just found it on Google Books, but I do so love my hard copy. Hand-bag sized, loving little volume of word-making things!
I’ve been messing around with micropoetry and nanofiction submissions this week for the Melbourne Writer’s Festival’s “Poetry 4 U” event. I took some inspiration for this from a woman I used to live with. She makes such wonderful stories, her actual personality is so much better than anything I could make up. I love to write about her.
School has provided inspiration – actually setting me tasks I’m interested in doing (oh, bless you, RMIT!). I wrote a few scenes from my family history and was surprised by how fun it was. I imagined my grandparents’ terror at the prospect of going to Bonegilla (what a happy experience this website makes it seem!).
I’m going to write a column today about reading on public transport and the joys and problems of that. Inspired by a friend unashamedly telling me that he covers embarrassing book covers with brown paper so he won’t be judged.
Feeling good is a good place to write, so often it comes from that other place.
So right now, I’m inspired by this mysterious glow that comes from being well-rested. I’m off to write!
12/08/2010 at 9:35 am
“Feeling good is a good place to write, so often it comes from that other place.”
I find that I write a lot more when I’m feeling happy about where I am than when I’m not. While the clichéd anguished artist may have been something that flew a couple of decades ago, I’m certain that their anguish was heavily, considered woe, rather than the modern-day stresses that we have to put up with nowadays. I don’t think anyone can write well when they’re under pressure from a million angles. So I’m glad to hear that you’re in a good space! 🙂
12/08/2010 at 6:00 pm
Well I hope you’re in a good space too, Phill!
While I know that a “bad place” is such a cliche’d place for writers to work from, I also feel like it’s somewhat necessary…
12/08/2010 at 9:42 am
Haha yay Bonegilla! Not far from where I am from :). I’m looking forward to your column Sam. I’ve started abit of a rant defending Albury, its comical at the moment and knowing me will properly remain that way…
12/08/2010 at 5:56 pm
You SHOULD defend Albury!
The idea of Bonegilla terrifies me so much, I’ve talked to my grandparents a bit about it and get the feeling it was scary…
17/08/2010 at 10:10 am
I have The Pocket Muse, and I absolutely love it! Rock on! 😀