Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Luxury of Time to Write

I happen to have a child who performs on stage.  As a result, I happen to spend a lot of time out of town, waiting while she rehearses or performs. 

What a luxury! Time to write. 

The first half of the time is usually spent taking care of some unfinished business. This morning it was preparing a presentation and cleaning out my in box. 

But the second half - ah blissful creation. With two novels on the go and an idea for a non-fiction book brewing, I treasure this time alone, waiting. 

Now if only I could get the other parents to stop trying to keep me company!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

On Writing as Valued Human Communication

"Writing is a medium of human communication..." So the Wikipedia entry about writing begins.

It is true.  Writing is a way to share our stories, both fiction and non-fiction.  It is a way to offer our thoughts up for consideration.  It is a way to send messages, both personal and formal.

I love writing.  I love reading.  These things have been true for me throughout life.

I also love to talk and I have excellent listening skills.

Communication is an important key to life satisfaction in my experience.  By sharing my stories and my thoughts, and by absorbing the stories and thoughts of others I broaden my world view.  I know that I am not alone, and I offer that knowledge to others.

Writing is a medium of communication, and an important one.  It allows us to hold a thought still for just a moment as the ink flows onto the paper or as our eyes pause on the words.  It allows us to return to the thought, when we have gained perspective through knowledge and experience.  It allows the opportunity to capture the human experience so that we may reflect, learn and enjoy.