Sunday, February 2, 2014

ON INSPIRATION


POPPINS INTO MY MIND
The creative process has always been an enigma. Many have tried to explain it.


The author of the Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers, has become the subject of various reviews given the recent release of the film that records her involvement with Walt Disney, Saving Mr. Banks.
A television programme aired on ABC TV 1 on 2 February 2014 played a recording of Mrs. Travers talking about her work some years ago:

“I think that ideas are floating around the world. They pick on certain people, not the other way around.”

“I sit in a corner and let the feathers settle around me. I get into the mood and it writes itself.”

A friend of Mrs. Travers spoke about the way that she insisted that she was not the author; that she was simply the vessel for Mary Poppins.


It might be a personal perception, but it does suggest that one should do everything possible to be prepared for such occurrences, whatever this might mean. It is worth considering because the world might indeed be like this; and such care and attention would not be an impediment if things were otherwise.

Nonchalance? Humility? Or is this a clever invention of the creative mind itself?


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