CoelhoOffice 03 – On writing (III) : Inspiration

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho talking about inspiration to write a book.

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho falando sobre inspiração para escrever um livro.

Videocast #3 – Paulo Coelho hablando acerca de inspiración para escribir un libro.

Comments

  1. Mary Carmen says:

    Paulo hermoso te admiro pero sobre todo me encanta lo que escribes, lo que plasmas en tus videos… espero algún día conocerte en persona y así será.

    Te envió un fuerte abrazo mexicano y hoy es el día del amor y la amistad y para mí eres un gran amigo y sobre todo un gran maestro.

    Que la luz y las bendiciones sigan llegando en tu camino… besos.

  2. Pathum Herath says:

    Sir,
    Just wanted to know something about you. Are you feeling some kind of inner awakening within your self? As I believe only then we can let our self to be guided by our inspirations. When our mind is free of thoughts and when it is in a deep silent state then we can easily move with our inspirations. I have experienced it and I know it’s true. Just wanted to clarify with a expert like you.

    Thanks and Regards
    Pathum

  3. Dwayne Street says:

    I found your blog on writing III: Inspiration, most fascinating and Inspiration Sir!… in short your description of it all was most fluid, clear and helpful; for sometimes my thoughts get jumbled; From the Lucid dreams of a Town My Mind Has Created to The Present Day Dreams and Reality and the perception of It!!! and this way of thinking I can see can work; ThankYou!

    Be Well…..TheSuntan1

  4. Viviane Aires says:

    Engraçado…quando vejo vc e ouço oque vc fala, fico imaginando como são seus dias…oque vc gosta, oq não, que horas acordas pela manhã e como gosta de tomar café! rsrs pensamento um pouco infantil, eu sei, mas sua vida me interessa de maneira ingênua e profunda, e mesmo não sabendo, tenho prazer em imaginar, como vc acorda pela manhã…que cheiro vc tem…como é a textura das suas mãos…

    Que Deus siga te guardando, meu anjo…e que sigas iluminando a minha vida!

    Beijo grande!

  5. Adriana says:

    Love you, Paulo ♥

  6. Warren says:

    Dear Paulo,

    thank you for these vidoecasts. I am currently experiencing a spiritual crisis. I have started writing my third book, but somehow lost my sense of vocation, or even the belief that writing was ever my vocation since it only came to me at the age of thirty. Few people say publicly that the spiritual path is often dry, arid and thorny, and for long periods of time we often feel wretched and depressed. At the moment I have no answers, but you inspire me to endure the journey.
    Thank you.

    1. Zelene says:

      Estimado Warren:

      Mucho ánimo en este camino. Sobre todas las cosas nunca dejes de hacer lo que amas. Sí, la vida espiritual es muchas veces árida, seca y hasta parece infertil pero sino fuera así no podríamos deleitarnos con su éxtasis.

      Jesús necesito su desierto para saber quién era y que camino asumir.

      Igual que otros grandes de la “historia de las religiones” necesitaron pasar por la oscuridad para poder apreciar la luz… la verdadera Luz!

      Mis oraciones contigo.

      Zelene

    2. Warren says:

      Thank you for your words Zelene. Peace and blessings be with you.

  7. Donna says:

    Dear Paulo,
    How enjoyable to watch your videocasts about writing! I’m almost finished reading Aleph, but have also read all of your previous books, so it’s such a pleasure to now be able to see and hear from you about the process you go through to be able to share such great stories! You are my definitely my favorite author! I look forward to more…
    Sincerely,
    Donna

  8. Matilde Elena Vilchez Boscan says:

    Buenas noches ante todo, realmente no se si en algún momento alguno de sus editores o usted mismo leerá este mensaje, hoy le escribo por que entrado para ver si había alguna forma de escribirle para darle las gracias por su nuevo libro ALEPH, aun no termino de leerlo debido a que cada vez que leo una pagina veo reflejada una experiencia que llevaba 4 años sintiendo sin explicarme que pasaba, me esta enseñando a través de su lineas la razón de que me suceda, increíble que una historia pueda repetirse en personas totalmente diferentes y tan lejos, y aun cuando se que quizás este comentario sea solo uno mas de una larga lista de admiradores, me siento bien por primera vez en 4 años de saber que lo que siento no es una locura que alguien a parte de mi le sucede… GRACIAS POR ALEPH la respuesta para lo que me esta pasando…

    Increíble que estoy caminando de la mano de un desconocido a través de de sus letras aun cuando originalmente lo que escribió no estuviese ni siquiera en mi idioma, el verdadero maestro es capaz de hacer entenderse rompiendo las barreras y limitaciones que la humanidad ha puesto para diferenciarnos, haciéndonos comprender que no existen barreras y que la vida esta llena de un orden Divino y mágico que no tiene fronteras… Mil gracias por contribuir indirectamente en la historia que escribo a diario llamada vida.
    M.E.V.B

  9. Rokaya says:

    I opened your website today in order to find a way to send you a message concerning some writings of mine. then I saw this video and thought this might be a sign.
    I have moments when I find myself writing a few lines (sometimes quotes, sometimes short writings of something I have experienced on the emotional and spiritual level ). I don’t take the decision to write, I just feel during these moments a flow from somewhere in my heart to my mind then to my hand that send words and sentences with meanings I never thought about before, maybe, though they are usually a lesson from an experience I’ve lived or answers to questions that were in my mind. I dunno from where the flow of words comes, but what I know is that during and after these rare moments I feel pure joy. and today when I imagine myself writing as my work … I feel this so enjoyable …
    I don’t know if actually my writings are valuable or not … they are valuable for me ofcourse … because I feel every letter and the deep meaning behind it… but i’m not sure if this means that they will be of value to go to the outisde world … and I wondred if I could send to you some of them to give me yourfeedback about them … as you are the one writer who inspire me the most ..

  10. karen says:

    hi – you inspire me……yet you also lose me ….i write, as we all do, as you have and continue to do….as your blog/video is about doing as what you feel …and yet as the boat sails ….rough with the smooth – where it goes ..it goes with a notion for all …… and for some to feel to set their feet upon a shore to explore whilst others they wish to keep on floating….. to either or to not….it is not a negative to not land ..as the shore beckons so does the sea…. yet i understand what you express for all with hope……i do beleive that yes ‘negativity’ as you say…has an effect, yet i also feel if it’s not time for a step to take…it is not negative……

  11. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    Cher Paulo,
    tout ce cheminement qui se produit dans votre tête durant la nuit, et qui mène aux phrases qui naissent chaque matin sous votre plume, est bien intéressant à suivre, comme un feuilleton. Quand on a lu le livre, on a bien compris que le Trans sibérien était le catalyseur de votre histoire, mais le personnage central, plus de Hillal ou Vous-même, est L’Aleph, et j’attends de vous entendre nous en parler, avec pré-délectation. Un voyage en train, est souvent, un moment de parenthèse, hors du temps, entre deux lieus, entre deux moments de nos vies. Tout peut arriver dans un train, et on peut donner libre cours, à notre sub -conscient, quand on est au chaud dans cette parenthèse. Quiconque a déjà voyagé, a eu cette sensation intime. Le fait d’avoir choisit ce train mytique, ne pouvait que vous emmener au bout de vous-même, et c’est ce que le lecteur sent au fil de vos mots. Même si le livre commence pac la négative, avec ce Non, il nous emmène bien jusqu’au bout de nous-même, à travers votre voyage personnel, vers notre OUI personnel. Et c’est magnifique. Voilà pourquoi, c’est un tel succès mondial, je crois…
    Le voyage de votre bébé continue, sans que vous lui teniez la main.
    Continuez de nous expliquer cette gestation, ce cheminement.. On attend et on s’en délecte à l’avance…
    je vous embrasse et vous souhaite une bonne journée, qui va être dure, pour vous, sans Internet..
    M Christine G

    1. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

      Oh mon dieu, j’ai omis d’ajouter un mot à propos des magnifiques illustrations de Ken Crane, qui jalonnent votre propos, comme autant de rayons de soleil. Son sens des couleurs est unique !!! Merci à lui pour tout ce bonheur pour les yeux…

  12. Anne-Laure Van Neer says:

    Dear Mr. Coelho,
    I read this text below and thought you might like it. I don’t know who wrote it, but it’s beautifull. As you post so many beautifull things on your blog, i thought i might post one for you.

    ‘An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” (author unknown)

    1. Susan Gottlieb says:

      Thank you for your story of the “old Cherokee” I was deeply touched. I have been wrestling with and evil for some time now. I know the anger, sorrow, regret and so on and until I read your story did I realize what I was doing. I am feeding, and feeding these feelings so that they are consuming my life. I want the good, I want to feel it and touch, smell, see, think good. So I must feed it and starve the other. This makes sense to me.

  13. Viola Onisro says:

    One big thing I missed:
    The influence and importance
    of (a) muse(s) in this/your process.
    Merci! Kisses ;-) Viola

  14. Anagha says:

    Hi Paulo,
    It’s good to see you in Videocasts…and that also about writing Aleph..
    Thank you for sharing this.

    Anagha

  15. Babouchka says:

    Dear Mr Coelho,

    Here is my application for the position.
    I am the new Babe on the blog.

    Favorite steps : 1,2.3. in a fashion and the Fox Trot.

    Sign : Capricorn Dancer

    Favorite song : Unforgetable by Nat King Cole

    First Words :’Zai de l’air, Zai de l’air’ and “I am breezing, I am breezing,.’

    Special traits : very inquisitive and showing promise in investigation, Can follow the red thread above.

    Am familiar with nerds, Runs in the family,

    Show potential at becoming quite good in cardiology,

    Understand the Laws of Nature. Can make noise at the right time.

    Am good natured and smile easily. Have bouts of crying as well, – just normal in that respect -

    Familiar with few languages and predictions. Live in an area where Nostradamus studied – it might help -

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Yours sincerely

    Babouchka
    P.S. I used my intuition and my notes as per the podcast,

  16. Audrey says:

    Hi Paulo,
    thank you for your videocasts…fantastic idea. Congratulations on Aleph, I just finished reading it last night. I loved and devoured it!
    About 10 years ago, when my twin sister was put into a mental institution for a while, a close friend sent me a copy of Veronika Decides to Die. Your book really helped me through that difficult time and your work has been a source of comfort, expansion and inspiration ever since.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Audrey X

  17. Olta Canka says:

    Love what you are doing now and I love the enthusiasm you put in explaining it. So great! It is wonderful. I can feel you are sharing your heart, YOU, in a way you never did, and it is the first step to something even greater than you’ve done so far.

    Thank you! :) <3

  18. Keith says:

    Brilliant!

    I have a few ideas floating around, then let inspiration take over. Words flow from my fingertips.

    When we write we let inspiration guide us. If we try to guide inspiration we write mechanically, as though we have been to writing school. Maybe ok to write a technical manual, but produces bad writing, no flow, lacks a soul.

    Hildegard von Bingen when she wrote her beautiful, haunting music said she was ‘a feather on the breath of God’.

    When Handel wrote the Messiah, he thought he was being inspired by angels. On completing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ Handel is reported to have exclaimed ‘I think I did see all Heaven open before me and the great God Himself.’

  19. Marie-Christine says:

    Bureau de Coelho 03 – Ecrire (III) l’intuition

    Bonjour et bienvenue a mes lecteurs.
    Voici le 3ieme podcast sur les ‘memoires d’;un livre’. Si vous avez manque les deux premiers et vous voulez les regarder alors, allez la-haut et tapez sur podcast,
    Donc, apres que j’ai ‘L’Aleph’ dans ma tete, par la je veux dire comme une mere a un bebe, avant de naitre.
    J’ai deja mentionne dans le podcast d’avant que j’avais commence le livre avec le mot ‘non’ ce qui est tout a fait errone. Ce n’est pas le mot juste pour commencer un livre. On peut l’associer avec de la negativite, etc.
    Mais ensuite l’inspiration vient.
    Qu’est ce que l’inspiration?
    L’inspiration c’est respirer, d’accord?
    Vous mettez ce qui vient de l’exterieur a l’interieur de vous et puis vous expirer. L’inspiration est quelque chose que tout le monde possede, pas seulement les ecrivains, Tout le monde en a – lorsque vous, lui, elle faites les choses avec amour – Elle est connectee avec cette Energie – que nous ne comprenons pas, ni ne pouvons pas l’expliquer, – avec l’Energie de l’amour.
    Si vous aimez ce que vous faites, vous allez etre inspiree et le partager avec les autres.
    Cependant, vous ne pouvez pas guider l’inspiration. L’inspiration est un bateau et vous vous trouvez dans une mer gigantesque dans ce bateau qui vous y amene.
    L’inspiration est ce qui vous guide. L’inspiration c’est ce vent qui vous conduit vers votre destinee.
    Si vous essayez de guider l’inspiration, vous etes perdu.
    Bien sur, vous pouvez le faire, mais si c’est le cas ecrivez un livre technique.
    Ce que vous devez faire, ou tout du moins ce que je dois faire lorsque je m’assieds pour ecrire c’est d’avoir une idee generale comme je l’ai mentionne dans mon podcast ulterieur. Et je me laisse guide par cette idee
    principale.
    Je m;en vais dans ce bateau d’inspiration. Je m’assieds ici tous les matins quand j’ecris un nouveau livre et me laisse guide par cette idee generale.
    Normalement, je commence vers 11 heures du matin – et j’ai plein d’idees de la nuit precedente que j’ai eu – en haut dans mon lit – pensant : Demain je vais ecrire ceci et cela et j’ai pris beaucoup de notes et puis je me suis dit : ‘Oh je vais essayer de faire ceci – mais je sais que cela ne va pas marcher -
    et je commence a utiliser mes notes pour ecrire la prochaine page et le prochain chapitre.
    Mais les notes n’ont pas de rapport avec mon inspiration.
    Apres 1/2 heure a tenter de faire ceci ou cela, j’entre dans le bateau parce que vous avez egalement besoin de discipline pour rentrer dans ce bateau et je me laisse guider.
    Et c’est ce qui s’est passe avec ‘Aleph’. Je suis entre dans ce bateau apres avoir essaye bien sur d’orienter le vent selon ma volonte.

    !er chapitre – Moi a Saint Martin (France)
    2eme chapitre – La Tunisie et le Salon du Livre a Londres et ensuite j’ai eu l’idee principale du livre, l’idee centrale qui est le Trans Siberien .
    Cela a ete tres difficile pour le condenser et je me suis servi de mon experience que j’ai vecu et l’inspiration pour m’aider a utiliser les personnages d’une telle facon qu’ils refletaient ce que j’ai vecu mais d’une maniere plus romantique et plus poetique.

    Dans le prochain podcast, nous discuterons comment j’utilise mon inspiration,mes techniques, la discipline , la compassion et l’inspiration pour mettre tout en oeuvre.
    A la semaine prochaine.

  20. Pilar says:

    Es verdad !!! La disciplina es importante

  21. Mirela Baron says:

    Hello My dear Paulo.
    Wonderful said , and I must say it WARMS/HEAT( it was the first founded word in google Translate for -incalzi – in romanian, and I was smiling couse indeed is more accurate for the feeling I had ) my Heart to see you speeking about WHAT I MOSTLY LIKE/LOVE. WRITING.
    Yeastarday night I was looking the privacy zero video , and I saw many things as you described them. BUT IN THE MOMENT you LAUGHED about THE KEYS …, you will not belive it : A DOOR OPEND in MY MIND and I wrote about a STRANGE CONECTION betwin THE KEY as a PRACTICAL OBJECT and THE KEY OF MY HEART. :)

    What was about with THE PAINTING …, you wrote in THE INDEPENDENT UK.
    IT HAPPEND that THIS PAINTING HAS A VERY STRONG IMPACT on my CONSCIENCE, and IN FACT I’m AFRAID for what IS TELLING ME. SOMEBODY ASKED me on FB A DIRECT QUESTION about it. BELIVE ME I SUSPECT everyone which is going to take contact to me as being PAUL’s friend or maybe PAUL( under a diferent profil) . I SAW HIM AGAIN when I met KRUSCHINSKI. HE NEVER SPEEKS TO ME!!! HE IS JUST STAYING THERE and LOOK AT ME LIKE THE GUY IN THE PAINTING.OR he just PUT some new clothes , die his hair and cut it diferent, He loosed a lot of WEIGHT, BUT I CAN RECOGNISE THIS MAN FROM THOUSAND! IT BECAME A THRILLER MY STORY , AND I DONT FEEL COMFORTABLE , please help if you can to SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.
    Kruschinski asked why am I not able to go to him and ask politely what is he looking for. AND IF IS ME… the one he look for WHY DOESN’T SPEEK TO ME ? JUST STARING AT ME ….
    I FEEL FOLLOWED.
    I HOPE IT IS CLEAR FOR YOU why am I NOT DOING THIS STEP MYSELF!
    HE SAID/ WROTE EVERYWEHERE I WOULD BE A STALKER!!! HE BRAUGHT ME TO GEANDARMERIE in MELK!
    THAN …why IS HE FOLLOWING ME ? IT HAPPEND on 7-th January 2011 too. I WAS IN A SPA in VIENNA with my mom and my two kids. THE SAME ATITUDE FROM HIM! Im DESPERATLY ! Belive me!

    …anyway , I m GLAD TO SEE YOU !

    THANK YOU for your adices about WRITING!

    Love,

    Mirela