October 19, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Five

Posted in Poetry tagged at 1:47 pm by Rebecca Hein

When words and musical notes disappear, leaving just the beauty of what you’re doing, you want to repeat this experience. Besides being the most efficient way to achieve your best work, it’s transcendent. You’ll be intoxicated after a peak writing session, and this will inspire you to surpass yourself next time.

To get it back, let go. Don’t expect it; don’t look for it. Wait and hope as you continue writing, and you may have another lucky accident.

October 12, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Four: The Spirit of Your Writing

Posted in Poetry tagged , , at 8:38 am by Rebecca Hein

Musicians are taught to count each measure of music to help them play the rhythm right. Certainly there has to be a way to keep track of the beat and stay with it so listeners can recognize the piece you’re playing, and so you can play in sync with other musicians.

The beat is inherently hypnotic, and you want to use it to mesmerize the audience. Yet in music, as in writing, the literal counting of the beat, or the too-detailed planning-out of your project, isn’t necessarily the best way.

It’s better to feel the beat, or the spirit of your writing project, and to let these things hit you in the midst of pouring out the music or words. This is the energy behind your art, as you wait for those moments of wonder that push you beyond the particulars and into the magic.

October 5, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Three: The Wonder of Freedom

Posted in Poetry tagged , , at 8:32 am by Rebecca Hein

How often have you wished to be free in your writing? So free that your story flows out with no effort, and especially no need to stop and struggle for the right word?

The direct flow of ideas and images is like the subtle shapes and textures of clouds on the distant horizon. Your mind travels past individual objects, sees them differently, and your consciousness is deeper than it was.

This can happen at any time, but if you cultivate a sense of wonder, you’re more likely to easily float past your words and into pure, unimpeded expression.

September 28, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part Two: Indirect Focus

Posted in Poetry tagged , at 1:14 pm by Rebecca Hein

In writing we struggle, as in music, to transcend notes and words, and rise to the spirit and energy behind what we’re doing. As noted in Part One, after weeks of cloud-watching, my mind translated “cloud” and “sky” into beautifully-painted hues and shadows.

Particular objects in the sky disappeared, and with them my literal thinking. Enchanted, I saw that the spirit behind the object, whether morning clouds, musical notes, or words, will create a greater sense of wonder than a direct focus on these things.

September 21, 2011

Poetic or Pedantic? Part One: Disappearing Objects

Posted in Poetry tagged , at 2:49 pm by Rebecca Hein

This summer I took a short walk almost every morning, pausing frequently to look at the sky. I’d stare at a section of the horizon displaying a particularly arresting pattern of clouds, and become totally absorbed.

Shape and color gave way to texture and subtle hues, and before I realized it I was seeing poetry, not sky and clouds. I saw the play of light on blue, white, and gray surfaces in such depth and variety that I was mesmerized.

This is the best frame of mind in which to write, and all summer long my words have arranged themselves better than ever before.