Inspiration

I’m currently reading Tim Gunn’s book “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work.” It’s really a great book. I love the way it’s written. You can almost hear the man himself reading it aloud in your head. Did you know his father worked for J Edgar Hoover? Or that he was a total nerd and still loves Legos? Or that he once saw the Editor in Chief of Vogue carried down 5 flights of steps by her body guards just because she didn’t like elevators? Or that he was bullied as a child and his macho father wouldn’t teach him to fight so he defended himself by scratching, kicking and biting? He once was asked who would win in a fight, him or Michael Kors. He said Michael would win hands down because he’s a hair puller and Michael doesn’t have enough to grab onto.

I digress.

Anyway, in one part he talks about how students at Parson’s School of Design would come to him all the time and ask him where to find inspiration. He told them that inspiration is everywhere. He marveled at the idea that people could live in New York, the most exciting city in the country (his words) and not find inspiration.

I see his point, but I’m not sure I agree. At least when we’re talking about writing. I mean, ok, I could see being inspired to make a dress or a painting, but those are like snapshots. There’s not a definite introduction or conclusion. There’s no story development. Plus, (this goes back to an argument friends and I have about the nature of art) you could paint a black canvas with a red stripe and tell everyone that it represents the inequalities in 19th century indonesia and who could prove that it didn’t? If I write a poorly developed story, no one will give a fat mouse’s butt what inspired me to write it.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe writing is just like any other art form and I should be inspired by anything and everything around me. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I just really need to start *seeing* the things that are around me every day.

If I start writing about dirty dishes and shoes piling up in my kitchen…blame Tim Gunn.

~ by midlifecrisisfun on September 19, 2011.

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