nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (this happens quite a lot.)
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The rumors are true: Having a monumental task at hand is absolutely the thing that will kickstart your writing mojo into top gear. I'm certain I wrote 1000 words today while avoiding packing. (The lack of internet access also helped; AT&T cut it off a day early, the tools, but no matter, I'm sure I wasn't using it anyway.)

If I wasn't at a cafe and on a time limit, I would digress into a long digression about why I neither believe in nor like the concept of the Muse. It is something I fully intend to explain, though I'll be most satisfied with my response once I actually read Russia and Soul by Dale Pesmen. You know how in college, wide-eyed students are, in theory, supposed to have that moment of utter recognition in class, and their lives are changed because they realize how completely someone else out there gets what they get? Having Dale Pesmen come in and guest-teach a class called "Creation and Creativity" spring quarter of my fourth year was like that. Her focus as an artist is on collage, and how collage is about juxtaposition and new wholes from foraged parts, and how creativity is an interaction with the world, and not some violent thing that torments you from the inside and then rips or bursts forth. I'm paraphrasing from memory, and the class was three (!!) years ago, but it made the course entirely worth it; the rest of the sessions were generally hijacked by students who very profoundly Did Not Get It. (Nothing like biting back the urge to scream at people that no, Homer did not begin the Odyssey in medias res because "he had writer's block and decided to just jump in and go forward." I can't even count the number of things wrong with that statement, and the worst thing was, the teacher didn't.)

Anyway. Dale Pesmen is utterly amazing, and is the kind of cerebral artist who makes me want to know more about visual language, just like other posts make me wish I had a better grasp of music theory and history. Storytelling is in no way limited to words, and I really admire those who can make it work in other ways.
Music:: "Prison Girls," Neko Case
Mood:: 'bouncy' bouncy
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st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
posted by [personal profile] st_aurafina at 05:48am on 22/04/2009
Oh, dude. They cut off your internet? No!

...not some violent thing that torments you from the inside and then rips or bursts forth

I kind of work this way, but I'm one of those catharsis-driven writers. (Maybe I'm doin' it wrong?)
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (the fox confessor)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 08:04pm on 22/04/2009
I know, right? Lame, service provider; very lame.

I don't disagree with stories that don't leave you alone! But if I'm remembering the argument correctly, Pesmen was disagreeing with the notion that creativity is by its nature violent and painful. (Given what you write, I very much doubt you're doing it wrong. ♥)

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