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Yet More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

This discussion began on July 18th and continued on July 20th… How I write

And, I’d expressed a wish in that last post:

“Please let me know, at some level of depth, how the craft of writing occurs for you…

“Not, perhaps, in the form of a ‘how-to’; but, in the form of the feelings that carry the writing to the page—the motivational urgings that form the words—the play of the soul that creates the message…”

There were two comments fulfilling that wish…

First, was an author from Germany:

“I’m not sure if understand your wishes, Alex. Let’s see…
“I remember that I was several times angry. In one case, I watched a documentary and I thought, ‘That is not the whole truth. It’s a strand of truth, but other strands are never mentioned. This is too easy.’ Shortly afterwards I started on what was to become my first published novel.
“When I look at my manuscripts, I think there was always a feeling that I had to find a different angle, that the obvious could not explain… When I write, I don’t notice much about my surroundings. I write until I come to a natural stop. And, when I reread what I have written, I’m often surprised.”

Obviously, she did understand my wish…

She’s a truth-seeker and uses her fiction to create situations that fulfill her desire for more complete resolutions of life’s issues…

She’s completely absorbed by the writing and pauses when she feels “right”…

I must admit, I, too, am often surprised by what I write—if not the totality of meanings, at least the way those meanings manifested…

Next, was the author from Australia:

“I think it’s very hard to define what ‘feelings’ carry my writing to the page. Generally speaking, it has to do with how I feel about a particular image and as time goes on that image comes to represent something metaphoric in my writing. This usually emerges slowly; and, as I feel that a certain image resonates for me, I’ll search around and examine other images that connect with it….But, it’s hard to analyse because, usually, the message I want to express only becomes clear to me as I see the metaphors developing. In that sense my writing is a journey and a discovery.”

This author’s use of imagery to call forth metaphoric meaning reminds me of a quote from Bahá’u’lláh

“I have summoned the Maids of Heaven to emerge from behind the veil of concealment, and have clothed them with these words of Mine…”

Also, the author lets images call forth other images, matrices of meaning—seemingly different from the German author who weaves truths to discover the words…

Yet, perhaps, the images of one author are the truths of the other…

There are many explanations for the amazing transfer of meaning from an author’s soul to the word-images on the page; and, many particular methods of transfer…

Still, though the exact methods may appear different, they’re variations on a single method of creation—what folks call “Writing“…

And, both authors, though seeming to approach the task with unique methods, are gifted with wonders—one receiving surprises, the other discoveries…

If it seems like I’m swimming around in a pool of changing meanings attempting to find an island of certainty, that’s exactly what I’m doing—exactly what I do when I write, whether it’s this post I watch unfold before me, or the stories I’ve written…

If you write, how do you experience it?

What’s your process like?

What are your methods or modes?

How does it feel?
If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

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4 responses to “Yet More Conversation about How and Why Writers Write . . .

  1. juliecroundblog July 24, 2018 at 7:14 am

    My writing is usually inspired by some kind of injustice. I feel strongly enough about something in the news or someone I have met to try to write about it and change people’s views. I want to leave a legacy of books that reflect life today while at the same time trying to right wrongs – the way I found impossible as a local politician as I was always in opposition. From the way disabled folk are treated to the warning of scams on the elderly, each book covers an aspect of life that I wish I could influence.
    I hope this is what you were looking for – Julie.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 24, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Yes, Julie, two others approached the “how” and you are exploring the “why”—also, you’re assuring the conversation continues on Wednesday…


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