Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Ted Hughes' answered the question this way: "It's about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life."

Hmmm. I like it. But it seems too narrow a statement. And what the heck is "reality" anyway?

For me, writing is about survival. It's as essential as food and shelter. And I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Writing is also about discovery. How many times have I written something or expressed a thought/feeling I wasn't consciously aware of before finding it on the page?

Most of all, writing, for me, is about love. It's a way to love all there is to love in this glorious, fragile, fleeting experience we call life.

So maybe what's brilliant about Ted's statement is its narrowness. It allows writers like me to expand on the basic thought without rejecting it. I love when writers do stuff like that. :)

"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death."

-Thomas Mann


  1. very well said!!

    I like your new header! It is beautiful!

  2. Thanks for noticing. :) It does brighten the place up a bit.

  3. I promised I would say where I got the header:
    Check 'em out!

  4. Irene,

    I agree. Which "reality" is he referring to? There are so many different layers of reality, and so I would not even know which one that I should try to take hold of. That being said, I love the way that you summed it up. You have such a beautiful way of putting words together so that things make sense. I love that about you!

    Have a wonderful evening.


  5. i loved your post!
    you have such a nice blog...


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