Now, Not Later, Now

A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper

-E.B. White

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On Creativity

Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don’t understand but something I’m able to harness and use. While electricity remains a mystery, I know I can plug into it and light up a cathedral or a synagogue or an operating room and use it to help save a life. Or I can use it to electrocute someone. Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productive or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have.

-Maya Angelou

Hope you’re all having a good weekend! Stay busy!

Write Music

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important. So write with a combination of short, medium, and long sentences. Create a sound that pleases the reader’s ear. Don’t just write words. Write music.

-Gary Provost

Poetry Is

“Poetry is not a thing, but a way of saying it.”

—A.E. Housman

I know a lot of people say they hate poetry or it doesn’t make sense. I’ve always wondered why that is. What is the difference between a poem and a short story or a poem and a song?

It also reminds me of when people say they don’t like plays, but they like movies. How can that be?

I find all forms of creative expression beautiful and interesting and would never point blank say I don’t like the entire medium.

Anyone feel the same?