Monday, July 24, 2006

Inspired by, Part III: My peers

I read other blogs, as my links show. Often, I'm blown away by the stunning work I encounter. I don't think I'm a hack, but I feel other writers put me to shame with their beautiful works. And it makes me try harder. When I see the way the author can weave such a marvelous tale or evoke such strong emotion, it makes me think my work pales in comparison. Yet, I'm pulled forward, by a big imaginary hand, dragging me to my computer so I may create output as stirring as the others. I know I'll never have some writers sense of space, or other's humor. I know I may have to stretch to paint similar images that I see others create, but their works drive me to do so. I'm moved into action, spurred on by a tug at my heart or mind, pushed by a desire to match their creations. I am not trying to imitate or copy; I am trying to instill in my work the ingredients that will give the reader the same level of satisfaction and joy I feel when I read their work. At the very least, I need to feel that in my work. If anyone else does, that's a bonus.

To all the writers, painters, and musicians...all artists in all forms, I salute you and I thank you.

3 comments:

silvermoon said...

What a beautiful and heartfelt post.
I'm an artist and a writer, but that doesn't put me above anyone else. I adore discovering new blogs, being exposed to a variety of works of such diversity instead of via a magazine. Growth is essential for us all, even those of us who may have reached "some success." ONe stagnates if one doesn't try new experiences, look for new inspirations and *live*life to the fullest. Otherwise, dullness sets in.

Day Dreamer said...

I agree with you - it's easy to get in a rut, stagnate, and shy away from writing. I guess when I feel that way, I seek other avenues for my creativity. Cooking is probably the chief way - I gotta eat! Painting is another (when I have the time.) I also attempt to play guitar, more for simple amusement than to make music. The diversity you speak of is wonderful. Magazines seem so narrow and cookie cutter.Most people that blog do it from their heart without want of compensation. That makes all the difference in the world.

C said...

Inspiration is a beautiful thing...it awakens pieces of you that you did not know you possessed...

It is everywhere.