Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's Your Inspiration?

A friend recently introduced me to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, and I'm loving it. Quite passionate, and I'll tell you, it's going to have a permanent place next to my computer in times when I'm searching for inspiration. Here are some lines from "And because love battles..."

...I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.

You came to my life
with what you were bringing,
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
and to those who want to hear tomorrow
that which I will not tell them, let them read it here,
and let them back off today because it is early
for these arguments.

Tomorrow we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.

What inspires you to write? What breaks up writer's block, or gets you through the spots when the words seem wrong? Music can do it for me too, though most of the time I prefer silence for actual writing. But I know authors who have specific playlists for different kinds of writing.

I'm interested: what about you?


Liz said...

I use the cd Creative Mind System. Kind of a subliminal set to classical music. They call it..orchestrate your state of mind.

i use the one you play while working and I feel it does help. when I use it I get alot of ideas and somehow the correct word choice shows up.

I haven't used the one you play while you sleep.

Liz said...

It's also a good timer - I say to myself "okay I will write to the end of the cd."

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog.

Regarding Neruda, have you read his La Muerte? Heart-rending. Part of it was recited by Rickman's character in Truly, Madly, Deeply. Beautiful poem.

I came across your blog while looking up blogs by writers sharing info on the writing process. THANK you for sharing.

~ Ruth

Anonymous said...

and to your question, although I'm just a newbie to writing (36K/50K YA manuscript), I definitely write with music. But I'm addicted to music in general :)

I tend to create playlists depending upon the mood I'm working in, and sometimes (read:often) to put a single song on a loop for an entire scene or until my brain de-fuzzes and I find myself blearily looking up again. :)