Public lecture explores writing inspiration

By Ma Yuxin
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Under the theme of "From Inspiration to Text," a public lecture was held Friday examining the topic of writing inspiration from various aspects. 

Lu Min, vice chairman of the Jiangsu Writers Association, explains to audience theories on inspiration in writing during the fourth Public Course for Chinese Writers on Oct. 8, 2021. [Photo courtesy of]

As the fourth installment in the Public Course for Chinese Writers series, the lecture featured Lu Min, vice chairman of the Jiangsu Writers Association, and Anna Chen, the Swedish translator of the 2012 Nobel Prize winning author Mo Yan.

Based on her reading and writing practice of Chinese and foreign classics, Lu explained theories on inspiration in writing and the technical methods of turning inspiration into written works. 

According to Lu, the origins of inspiration for writers are their own lives (childhood experience and subjective experience), the lives of others, and their imagination. She said that the standards of determining the value of inspiration are the harmony of material and story, as well as spiritual and aesthetic elements.

Lu further explained how inspiration can be harnessed to create more unique works. She introduced four distinctive stages of creation — zero technique, imitating technique, creating technique and the highest state — and provided various writing techniques and examples of different stages.

The lecture also featured an in-depth discussion between Lu and Chen about translation and literature. The event was held at Beijing Language and Culture University and also streamed live online.

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