Inspiration, bones and fruit flesh.
For as long as I have felt the urge to write, I have discovered and been inspired by other writers.
You may have guessed by now, that inspiration comes to me from all around; lists, words, sounds, the senses, nature, books, views, everyday routine, art, people… Really it is endless, anything and everything!
Let’s go with that idea.
Free write a list of what inspires you.
Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg
I bought this book in august 2001 and my copy is in French. It was exactly what I needed at that moment in time and I have underlined and highlighted many pages.
Writing is a wonderfully tactile activity. I have always enjoyed the preparation, the tools and the materials as much as the physical act itself.
Sometimes ritual is involved, sometimes it is spontaneous. Ultimately, getting the words out is the most important, though it is lovely to linger on posture, on place and position, on how your hands move with your chosen tools, of the sounds you make and the rhythm you create. Much inspiration comes through our processes, through those beginning moments, where Natalie Goldberg explains we choose the tools that work best for us, whether by desire or necessity.
What are your tools? Do you use a special pen, a certain journal, a typewriter or laptop? How do you make your marks? Check out Youtube for some feather quill instructions!
Fruitflesh by Gayle Brandeis
This is a luscious book.
This is one of those books that I wish I wrote for so many reasons and I know it will appeal to many of my creative sisters out there!
To whet your appetite, I am including just the intro and the very beginning of chapter two, for you to work with.
If you can find a copy, buy it for sure!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.