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Wandering musings on writing

I attended a one-day conference last weekend – Literary Orange.  If you live in the Southern California area, I highly recommend it.  I attend anything locally I can find, mostly for the inspiration I find there.  Writing is such a solitary endeavor that I enjoy the opportunity to hang out with people who “get,” writing.

The keynote speaker was Elizabeth George.  She gave insights into her creative process that were fascinating.  She said something that stuck with me. 

“I don’t know what I think until I write it down.”

I had never thought of it that way, but I realize this is true for me as well.  Some days after I read what I’ve written – an emotion or opinion of a character – I realize that I didn’t know that I knew what they knew!  It somehow solidifies a random thought, and feels like a puzzle piece falling into place, and I see things differently.  Love it when that happens! 

Writing (as in life) is all about focus.   I think what you chose to write about gives insight into what you’re focusing on.   This reminds me of a very wise thing I heard from a Native American over the summer.  My husband and I were on a bicycle vacation through New Mexico, and visited the Acoma “Sky City” pueblo.  The following quote was from our guide.

“Our culture is an oral one, and we ask that while you are here that you don’t write, tape or otherwise record anything while you are on the mesa.  We ask this not because we do not want you to have it – we believe that through listening only, you will take with you that which speaks to you.”

I believe that we all take along that which speaks to us – and what we chose tells us something about ourselves, doesn’t it?




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