Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Writers Live Twice...

"Writers live twice," says Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones. "They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there's another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives everything a second time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and detail." (p. 48)


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

That second time through each experience in life is done from a detached point of view. Writers are both participants and spectators in their own lives, giving us a unique, perhaps more objective, perspective.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Tricia Goyer said...

And aren't we always observing. People, situations, interactions, life. Everything I see is filed away. Last week, it was the cheerfulness of the older ladies working the hospital coffee shop. This week it's the interaction of the teens in my house when both my son and daughter have friends over. (It's not the same as when they were five and all the kids played together not caring.)

Then, it all shows up somewhere. For example, I just wrote a teen fiction story set in No. Cal where I grew up. It all came back. Only then the lake, the lava rock, the community was where I lived. Now, it's setting.

5:53 AM  

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