Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fire Within Me

Fire Within Me
by Allison Pang

I had actually intended to write more about hearth-fires and the like, but this is one of my favorite pictures out there, both because it reminds me of one of my characters...and the whole violin fetish I have.

But the picture itself is rather indicative of the whole creation process. I know most of us have been in that place, where an idea or *need* to create something just threatens to consume us until we get it out. And then we type away and the pages just pop out like nothing.

But it seems like such a fine line really - I mean, looking at the picture there - she's playing so hard, her instrument is literally aflame.

Which is both fabulous and awful. On one hand, it's a lovely representation of what it feels like to be driven to create...but on the other hand? What happens when that violin is gone? (Hello, writer burn out?) I think many of us have been there too - sometimes it's probably better to pace yourself. Burning the midnight oil, burning the candle at both ends - so many metaphors warn us of the end result - but there's a difference between rushing to finish something and truly being inspired to do it.

Deadlines not withstanding. *ahem*

4 comments:

  1. Yeah, I totally get why you love this pic. My first thought was of the intense passion she's imbuing to the music, so much so it sets the fiddle aflame.

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  2. That IS a fantastic illustration, and the message reminds me of Neil Young lyrics "It's better to burn out, than to fade away - My My, Hey Hey" - Rust Never Sleeps.

    The part that's always frightened me is the third possibility - to Burn Out(but not completely) and then fade away...

    Thanks for this

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  3. Beautiful pic and food for thought. I think - better to risk the burn out than be slowly consumed by untold stories.

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