Music Monday - The Civil Wars and the truth slanted
Have you ever heard a song and been instantly inspired to write a story?
At the end of the video, a student asks Joy and John to discuss if their lyrics are "the truth but told slanted," based on the following poem by Emily Dickinson:
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind --
They discuss how they prefer to keep a veil of "is it or isn't true" over their songs and the inspiration for them. For me, writing fiction is the same way. Everything I write contains elements of truth slanted. Truth about me, my family, my friends, people I see as I travel my day. Some stories, like the lyrics of The Civil Wars' "Girl With the Red Balloon," are inspired by a news article or, in my case, the lyrics of a song.
How are you inspired? Does your work include pieces of your truth slanted?