perils with writing and whatnot
Somewhere along the way this past weekend I misplaced blocks of time. They were those chunks I use every weekend to write at least one post for the coming week and a rough draft for the other one. This is my excuse for this post being so short. It’s also a little fragmented. Hopefully my next post won’t be so flaky. 🙂
Sometimes I wish I knew what age groups I’m addressing when I write my posts. It isn’t that I’m bias. In fact, I think of myself being quite open-minded and this does include a variety of ages. Still, when writing about my past, I prefer to use the terms of the time being revealed through my words. Do I need to explain these terms in my post? This is where it would be nice to know what generation you’re in.
My stepdaughter refers to those times as “back in the day”. I don’t know about you, but to me it sounds like she’s talking about the Wild West. I’m not that old, believe me. I’m one of those from the “make love, not war” generation, and even at that, I’m one of the younger in the group.
I heard somewhere, not knowing where exactly, that great music comes from the generations who were faced with more tragedy in their childhood or early adulthood. For instance, beautiful music came out of the years during WWII. The same could be said of WWI too. My generation had the Vietnamese War. I think some fantastic music came from those years, but I could be prejudice.
Does the same go for writing? In my opinion, it does. Books like The Great Gatsby, Grapes of Wrath and Catcher in the Rye were hitting the book stands during war-time.
Although I think there’s plenty of correlation between war-time, music and novels, those of us who are writing at a time of relative peace (please note that I said ‘relative’) can produce that great quality of passion and work too. However, I do think we have to work a little harder at it because the outside stimuli that comes from all-out-war isn’t there. We, instead, have to look inward for our inspiration. I can assure you that digging down into yourself is much more difficult than finding that motivation that you may see in a newspaper or on TV.
Some of you are old enough that you’ve experienced these differences in the Eras. Others are too young and may be having a hard time finding the joys in music and writing. Both can tell of great emotions that you are invited to share in.
I want to encourage those of you who have not lived through a time of war to listen to the music of those years and read the novels of those times. It may just give you that outside stimuli to get you going on your own projects.
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