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Words Will Tell.

Folks ask how and where artists get their ideas. Always a hard question to answer. Sometimes. Not because it's complicated, but because in some ways, it's so simple.

You can try to demand inspiration -- you can attempt to command it -- but consider the effectiveness of herding cats: You'll spend a lot of time pounding your head against a wall, without much in the way of results to show for it.

The honest answer, at least for some of us, is that inspiration usually arrives during the quiet times, not with lightning or other fireworks, but in small moments. Wandering moments. Moments when you're staring in space, or driving with a fast song and the sun is shining, and suddenly you feel like you've stumbled upon some remarkable truth that has been hidden for a thousand years. An idea, a vision, a name. And from that, art. Music, painting, a story.

Anyway, I'm thinking about inspiration because I just read this beautiful little opinion piece by Andrew Bird (his album, Armchair Apocrypha, is something I've been listening to for a bit now).

I’ve spent most of the last year inside a tour bus. I’ve spoken more words to journalists than I have to my friends and family. All of this has kept me from what I realize now is my job, and that’s to daydream. Now I bring my bike on tour and ride every day. Wandering in an unfamiliar town, the rhythm of walking or riding and a few hours to kill is nearly the perfect recipe for a new idea.

I think that's a lovely way of putting it.

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Remember, barring floods (ha!), I'll be in Kentucky tomorrow for a book signing at The Bookstore in Radcliff, Kentucky. The fantastic Anya Bast and Debby Giusti will be there, too, and the signing will run from 2-4 PM.

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slithytove
Mar. 29th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Wandering moments. Moments when you're staring in space, or driving with a fast song and the sun is shining, and suddenly you feel like you've stumbled upon some remarkable truth that has been hidden for a thousand years.

And then I rinse the lather off my butt and towel off, hoping the idea doesn't evaporate before I get a chance to dictate it into my wee memo gadget.

The Andrew Bird quote reminds me of two things:

1. Fredric Brown, an SF writer from the 40s and 50s, when he got stuck, used to take a long bus ride. We're talking Greyhound, not the local commuter bus. He said that by the time the ride was over, he had either solved the problem of his current novel, or come up with an idea for his next.

2. It's been said that ideas are prone to come when we are doing something mechanical and repetitive. Agatha Christie said that she got ideas while doing dishes.
webpetals
Mar. 30th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I don't get ideas while in the shower, but I can usually work out my book problems during one. Which, I guess, means it's time for a shower.


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webpetals
Mar. 30th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: Your inspirations are beautiful
I've had that experience. I won't say what I was inspired to write. But it got rid of the bad taste in my mouth.
stonehawk
Mar. 30th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Story Ideas
I get story ideas when I'm in bed asleep and I wake up in the morning with them running in my head that I try to type them down.

I wonder do you typing down stories get fed up with typing? I get cases of that after doing a lot of typing. I'm curious on how you get over this fed up feeling.

Stonehawk
webpetals
Mar. 30th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Story Ideas
Actually, I don't get tired of typing. I write best that way. But I do have to wear a wrist brace sometimes.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 30th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
book signing
Ms Liu
I meet you today at radcliff. I want to thank you for signing all my books. It was really nice to meet you. I am looking forward to the next book. Thanks again.
Robin P ( the one in the chair)
webpetals
Mar. 30th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: book signing
Robin, it was wonderful meeting you, and so kind of you to come. Hopefully at the next Radcliff signing, I'll see you again.

Wishing you all the best,
Marjorie
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