Sunday, April 18, 2010


Which one do you relate to? This one:

Or this?

(and I'm sorry to be shallow but am I the only one who thanks that moment when Derrida falls into English about his nap is just so sexy)


Kathryn's Daily Writing Workout said...

I agree. In fact I had to watch him three times to be sure.

That period of half-sleep is when I am most compelled to write and I get more interesting ideas than when I'm supposed to be awake. The thinking bit is less enjoyable for me. Maybe not so useful if you're an eminent philosopher! Which I'm not. Obviously.

Talli Roland said...

Love these!

And I agree with Kathryn - I get my ideas when I'm in the zone between waking and sleeping.

trying to write ... said...

To love the act of being alive. I love Ray Bradbury's thoughts but I absolutely relate to that voice in half sleep that says "you are idiot for even trying to write."

Thanks so much for sharing.



Glad you liked them. I guess that moment of half sleep is why Julia Cameron suggests writing morning pages - we haven't got into adjusting to the rest of the world yet and probably are deeper within ourselves.

I do sometimes wonder if electricians or lawyers for example spend as long as writers thinking about their process though!

Wendy R said...

I often think that the only thing writers have in common is that they write. Here you show us the glamorous thinker in contrast to the rough hewn showman. Each of them have something to say to me. Loved Derrida's thought that when one is properly conscious the vigilance - the tendency to moral panic - is asleep.
I loved Bradbury's assertion that if you're unhappy being a writer get the hell out of writing.
Thanks Sarah for this...

jem said...

I'm drawn far more to the Derrida approach - not surprisingly perhaps seeing as my background is in philosophy. However I don't quite have the brave he speaks of yet, and more like Kathryn said, it's on the verges of sleep that I feel the most belief in what I want to write, and when I wake it's gone.

Bradbury says some interesting stuff too though. Sometimes I feel frustrated by writing. But I'm trying to think about why. And I think the frustration comes from the feeling that the writing should be going somewhere, achieving something. Whereas for me, often the pleasure comes from pureply writing with no aim in mind.