Writers’ Wisdom

While I very much agree with the first half of this week’s wisdom, I can’t say the same for the rest of the R/GA COO’s statement. But as a whole, it works, so here it is.

Yes, creativity is a habit. It’s something to cultivate every day, something to tend to like a beloved houseplant sitting near a sunny window.

But the shower is one of those kinda weird hotbeds of creative spurts, at least it is for me. I don’t know what it is. Maybe, depending on when you usually shower, it’s the fact that it’s a full-body cleanse of washing away of the trials and tribulations of your day/life/night.

There have been many a time that I, and the fella, too, have stormed out of the bathroom damp from a shower to relay or write something down that turned into something, whether it be a poem, article headline, website design, episode idea for our podcast or funny social media post.

I personally think that creativity happens anywhere you are — if you’re creative enough to harness it.

(pulsosocial.com photo)

(pulsosocial.com photo)

“Creativity is a habit,
it’s not something that happens in the shower.”

Nick Law

NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

OK, so there are two reasons I chose Mr. Oscar Wilde as this week’s wisdom giver:

1. I had to go with an Irish writer being that this week’s post falls on St. Patrick’s Day because, well, duh.

2. Whether it’s long, dark poems in my trusty black-and-white speckled marble notebook or dark haikus and tankas in my speckled teal notebook, I have been finding myself writing more and more poetry lately.

While I’ve always written such poems, I’m churning some out on an almost-daily basis. It’s been a pleasant surprise, especially considering that when the going gets tough in my life, I’ve always turned straight to my journal to make sense of it all.

That’s not the case this time around as I’ve been dealing with seemingly never-ending health shit etc. and so forth, and while I’ve generally tried to keep my spirits high, shit’s been dark on the page, real dark.

Minus the sarcasm and perennial RBF, I’ve always prided myself on being generally happy-go-lucky off-paper, so it’s not a complete shock for my on-paper writing to be dark, but the shock has been how much I’ve loved writing poetry lately.

So much so that I’m thisclose to considering a poetry-writing class to build up the cojones to workshop my past and current poems and attend — and maybe (gulp) participate in — a poetry reading. As someone who’s been a professional writer for more than a decade, it might come as a surprise to find that when it comes to my personal work — as in not writing from an interview or feature or news story — I am ridiculously private and shy. The thought of getting up to read in front of others gives me the heebie jeebies, but it’s time I overcome because I think some of these recent poems could be something. Maybe.

And those that aren’t, well, I’ll let Mr. Wilde give his thoughts on them.

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(toptenz.net photo)

“All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.”
Oscar Wilde

NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

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“Write what you know.
Write what you want to know more about.
Write what you’re afraid to write about.”

Cec Murphey

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Writers’ Wisdom

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(photos.mlive.com photo)

“Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find
the time and the place in your life for writing.

Heather Sellers

NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

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(telegraph.co.uk photo)

“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.”
Charlotte Bronte

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Writers’ Wisdom

I’m still reeling from the fact that David Bowie passed away Sunday at 69. He was an ever-present artist, one I’ve always admired and been interested in, ever since I was a little girl.

It just feels weird — and wrong — to not have him with us anymore, but if someone ever belonged among the stars, it is this chameleon, this reinventor of himself who always remained consistently, timelessly David despite the persona he happened to show to the world at a particular moment in time.

At least now we have a starman waiting in the sky for us, the best one possible.

(hollywoodreporter.com photo)

(hollywoodreporter.com photo)

“I really like to understand the society that I’m living in
and how it works and functions and what people are thinking, you know. You can’t be a writer in any other way, I think.
You have to sort of know where you are to write.” 

David Bowie

NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

Lately, I’ve been haunted by thoughts of Ireland, its beautiful, rustic landscapes, its wonderful people, the total peace I felt when I visited last year and the excitement that maybe I might return sooner rather than later, God willing.

So when I was thinking about this week’s quote, I knew I wanted an Irish writer, so here’s one.

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(theguardian.com photo)

 “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
Seamus Heaney 

NMM

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