“For someone with a continuous drive to create music, Lightbody was shocked to find himself suffering a crippling bout of writer’s block last year.” – Mark Savage, BBC News
There’s an article on BBC News about Snow Patrol’s new album Fallen Empires and singer/songwriter Gary Lightbody’s writing process. It’s fascinating to read as writer’s block is not something that’s talked about often, almost like it’s a harbinger of bad luck on the same level as mentioning Macbeth on stage.
It’s something that’s hit me like a truck more than once in both writing and musical terms, but I’ve been lucky. Since I’ve never been reliant on it for a steady income I can decide not to write for 2 or 3 months, even 2 or 3 years, and all I have to worry about is finding a new hobby to fill my spare time.
To have a career that relies on your own creativity is a whole new kind of pressure – you’re not writing just because you want to, you’re writing because you have to. The change to having a deadline to meet and other people to please is a shock to the system after years of only pleasing yourself. I experienced a little of this when I was a part-time freelance photographer and had to take wedding photos that not only met my own exacting standards but also provided a suitable reminder of the beautiful, fairytale event for the bride & groom.
As far as I can tell. the only solution to a lack of inspiration is just to work through it. It’s the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) approach – write for the sake of writing and focus on quantity rather then quality. Eventually you’ll hit on something that points you in the right direction like a sparkling, motivational gold seam.
“The best advice I got, and this sounds ridiculous, was ‘writers write’. Avoiding writing is the worst possible thing to do – but that’s what I was doing. I was too frightened to even pick a pen up. So writers write. Even though it sounds so prosaic, it’s absolutely true. You do it until it works, and that’s what I did.” – Gary Lightbody
Read the full article at BBC.co.uk
Sticking with the photography theme of the last few days, today I discovered the gorgeous underwater photography of Bahamas-based Elena Kalis.
Some of the images have got a real Ophelia (Hamlet) feel to them, some of them are from her Alice In Waterland project and they’re all absolutely beautiful. The focus and light through the water are amazing…
You can see more of her incredible work at her website elenakalisphoto.com which also has links to information and other sites that feature her work.
Kate Moss’s recent wedding portrait, evoking the beauty and etherealism of Midsummer Night’s Dream if Titania & Oberon had dressed in couture, and a dog in a sombrero.
Both from Vogue magazine.
promo poster for Vampire Diaries season 3
You know, Persephone Queen of The Underworld? Stolen away from her overbearing mother by Hades to live in the land of the dead because he’s in love with her? Finally returned when Demeter struck the world barren during her search for her daughter and Zeus caved because of the people’s pleas for food?
Yeah, of course you know.
There’s that whole thing about Hades tricking her into eating a handful of pomegranate seeds before she went home so that she’d have to return to the Underworld for part of the year (thereby explaining the seasons when nothing will grow), but you were about to say that, right?
I’m also getting a bit of a Lady Macbeth vibe – a little bit “look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it”, a little bit “unsex me here and fill me from crown to toe topful with direst cruelty” and just a touch of the classic “out, damned spot”.
OMG, you were just about to say that?!
Love magazine doing a haunting beauty/ Ophelia thing with their editorial.
In the words of Beethoven: “I would smack you but in Germany we don’t hit little girls / and I’m glad I’m deaf so I can’t hear that piece of sh*t My World.”
There’s also Sarah Palin vs Lady Gaga – “Oh boy, look what we have here / a transvestite with a keyboard trying to be freak of the year”
& Dr Suess vs Shakespeare – “I would not, could not on a boat / read any of the boring ass plays you wrote”