Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Writing is like lifting stones - Miriam Halahmy
It seems to me that writing and the tuning in to the writer's creative flow is like lifting stones. Where do I find my ideas? Well, it's like lifting a stone, anything can trigger me, a pair of shoes, a word, a look, a box. The moment comes and I take time to stare into the world revealed, letting my imagination wander over the wriggling, bustling, breathing life beneath my gaze and ideas begin to form in my mind. What if....? Who is....? Why doesn't it....? That's a good .....
There is no doubt that I am much more receptive at some times than others and that is the mystery of inspiration. Picasso says, "Inspiration is there but it has to find you working." As writers we reach a point of engagement with our craft when we are practically always working and so we are always receptive to new ideas. I find that my creative flow is pretty constant and I am jotting down ideas for stories, poems, articles, blogs, most days, as well as keeping a regular journal and of course a flow of notes in relation to my current novel.
Seamus Heaney, one of our greatest living poets and an inspiration to me since my teens, speaks about the mystery of where poems come from and has no answer. All he can tell us is that they do keep coming. Larking stopped writing poems for the last twenty years of his life so Heaney considers himself very lucky. But he says that if he is driving his wife always knows when a poem comes to him because he starts to drum his fingers on the steering wheel.
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