Do you know the story behind this song?
This is by far my personal favorite version of the song:
Do you know the story behind this song?
Ever wondered where some of the greatest musicians get ideas for their masterpieces? Ludwig van Beethoven shed a little light on his creative process below:
Even for Beethoven, the creative process was a bit of a mystery.
Where do ideas come from?
From some unknown source in the deep recess of our minds?
Wherever the ideas truly come from, I welcome them!
It’s Friday–FINALLY! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hope your week has been productive, and fast. Mine was a bit chaotic with both hubby and son home sick for the past few days with colds. I had a MRI done on a shoulder, and the results were positive–no surgery will be needed. Just more physical therapy, but that I can handle. 🙂
Can’t help though but to feel a tad frustrated since I hadn’t done any writing this week. It’s not that I’m feeling unproductive, but if a day or more pass by and I hadn’t created anything, that’s where the frustration lies. I feel like an addict in that if I don’t get my fix (in the act of creating), I feel pent up, and agitated.
A question popped in my mind earlier this morning when I began thinking about Helen Keller (one of my favorite inspirational writers): how did she feel about poetry?
Reason this question came to mind is that I’ve been doing some soul-searching as I start to make plans for a memoir (which will be written around a series of poems I wrote throughout various parts of my life). A realization struck me in how important writing poetry was to my healing (and dealing with losses), and I’ve begun to look at the role of how poetry therapy played in other people’s lives.
I knew Helen Keller had written at least one memoir, and several essays, but I wondered if she ever wrote poetry. So, I hunted online to find the answer. Although I did find it, I also found this particular quote by Keller that I’m considering to have framed and placed on my writing desk:
Poetry is liberating. Writing poetry enable me to delve deeper in emotions and experiences that have been too painful to voice orally, and even openly about.
What about you? Have poetry been instrumental in certain aspect or time of your life? Do you have a favorite poet or poem?
I’ve met countless writers and creatives from various artistic backgrounds who hailed how one’s imagination and dreams have enabled them to heal from painful and traumatic experiences.
Can a mind be that powerful?
Personally, my answer to this is Yes!
With the number of violent incidents increasing in our nation, I believe that having art of all kinds (music, drama, writing, etc.) included in all schools and colleges. To go one step further, we should also have Art Therapy in schools.
With everything being so structured these day (structured play-if any, structured classes, structured lunchtimes, video games are also structured, and on and on), for a kid to utilize his own imagination to create play, a new game, an imaginary place or person, is becoming a lost and untapped ability. An ability that will become crucial at various events of one’s life. The ability to transfer oneself out of a stressful circumstance and into a place of magic, safety and love. Even if only for the briefest of moment this will allow one to reset the mind (and emotions) and be better equipped to deal with the current situation.
Meditation. Strumming on a guitar. Singing. Journaling. Doodling or sketching.
Children and adults who’ve been abused, or had a traumatic experience tend to heal better through Art Therapy. There’s also Poetry Therapy. Music Therapy. Journal Therapy. The list could go on. These types of therapy enable one to express the pain and abuse in other ways where words may have failed.
For me, journaling and writing poetry have been cathartic and healing as I worked through the various losses I’ve experienced. Without them, I don’t think I’d feel as emotionally and mentally whole as I do today.
What about you? Have any of these above helped you through a challenging time?
I believe that every writer has a secret or not-so-secret creative endeavor they work on when not writing. Mine is taking pictures of trees.
I have this fetish for trees. Trees in all settings and life cycles; but especially when they’re in dormant or are dying. There’s something sad about a tree who has lived its life-span, or has been ravaged by a violent storm.
I also enjoy taking pictures about my natural surroundings.
These all have taken by my tablet, and then edited on a photo software on my computer. For being legally blind, these pictures have turned out okay. I’m thinking about buying an actual digital camera. Not an expensive one; but something I can play with to my heart’s content.
What about you? Do you have any creative things you like to partake in when not writing?
The other day I posted a poll that asked a question on whether you believed life imitated art, or art imitated life. If you like to voice your opinion, here’s the poll.
Oscar Wilde believed that-
But, I believe Fyodor Dostoevsky hit closer to the truth –
Here’s what Aristotle had to say about this:
What are your thoughts and opinion?
What if there was no internet? Whether it crashed due to an electromagnetic storm, or a massive meteor shower took out most of the satellites…and the internet is now GONE.
As a writer, how would you function? How would you go about sending out your stories to the world?
Would you still keep writing?
So many completely rely on technology (namely internet) to get things done, and to communicate with others. Would we be able to revert back to the “old” ways of doing things?
Many writers feel that touching even one life is success. Not by how many books one published, or by how many awards one garnered; although these are VERY nice to have.
For some writers, writing goes much deeper than any physical items or accolades. It’s about using their gifts as storytellers, healers, change-makers for the sake of others.
Success is based on the number of lives impacted.
What about you? How do you view success as a writer?
Writing is always a process of discovery. I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story.-Kim Edwards
Writing is a struggle against silence.-Carlos Fuentes
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.-Meg Cabot