excite your mind to the brim
Why does poetry free the soul? “It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back.” Cristina Domenech teaches writing at an Argentinian prison, and she tells the moving story of helping incarcerated people express themselves, understand themselves — and glory in the freedom of language. Watch for a powerful reading from one of her students, an inmate, in front of an audience of 10,000. In Spanish with subtitles.
The mind is a miraculous thing, but it needs to be in a serene state to write for an author. A writer needs an environment that gives him peace of mind. It doesn’t need to be a quiet place. For example, a good coffee and friendly people can do the job in a noisy coffee shop.