Discovering the Relevance of Words
QOTD: “What mood makes you write?” Or “I hope you’re very unhappy, Mr Chinaski”
As the spirit wanes, the form appears
For many years, I wanted to get a tattoo of this poem. It made perfect sense to me, and as a twenty year old I really thought I could relate to Bukowski, man. (If there was an eye roll emoticon I’d use it here.)
I still have no tattoos, so obviously I never followed through. But I still love the poem. I’m not sure anyone can really be sure what Bukowski meant by anything, but the way I’ve always read it is that as you feel worse, your art gets better. It sure seems like something he would say, hurried as he was to destroy himself. And for a long time I agreed.
Even now, I’m not sure he isn’t a little bit right. For example, I feel great right now. The sun is shining and good tunes on the stereo and a drink in my hand. Things could not improve much, and I’m finding it really hard to focus on writing. Yet, when I’m feeling my worst I’ve often turned to writing to pull myself out of the hole I’m in.
I guess my question is, when do you write? What moods bring out your creativity most? Or are you one of those bastards who can write anytime, no matter what?
Beyond your writing schedule, what makes you sit down and put word to page?