“What A Difference A Day Makes” a great song and a great interpretation by Esther Phillips. One day you view things in one way, the other it is completely different, depending on mood, or whatever. When writing something, an idea, a thought, a thing can be a very inspiring element one moment, the next, it can be a complete distraction.
It is up to writers to let themselves be either inspired or fall under any kind of pressure they are under and be distracted. The same, absolutely the same object can be one of writer’s desire, or an obstruction that is trampling him, preventing him to develop his ideas, an object of hate.
Let’s take something seemingly trivial, like a notebook. Not every writer uses one these days, I do. It is considered to be a fancy one, Moleskine, a special Blue Note edition with Thelonious Monk on the cover.
Now, I could go the way of the choice Moleskine as a company has with their notebooks and agendas, all the great jazz that came and is still coming out of Blue Note as a label or Monk himself one of the greatest musicians, not only in jazz but music as is.
So, Monk, it is. Listening to his music, you constantly have the impression that the sounds are shifting in a surprising direction, as if they are re-arranging themselves randomly, seemingly falling apart, but always coming together in some perfect order. You get a feeling that Monk is actually turning a musical kaleidoscope and not playing the piano.
So, I guess, I can get inspired by a notebook I write my notes in, just by itself. A do I can certainly be distracted by it — I can’t find where it is, its rubber band is constantly loosening up, or I simply can’t read my own handwriting, all those ideas I wrote down in a hurry, looking like mysterious hieroglyphs hiding their true meaning.
But then, I could even go from there and actually turn a distraction into an inspiring idea. It just takes a bit of effort and something that is stifling you can actually give more breathing (writing) space.
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