Day Six!

Can you believe it? We’re on day six. Not having to write 2500 words a day makes this a much easier marathon. Is it a much more successful one for you? I hope so. 🙂

I packed almost all day yesterday so got very little writing done.

I will pack and write today. I think I am going to try 30 on/ 30 off. Minutes, I mean. I’ll let you know what happens.

Today, for our blog, I will post great quotes.

And maybe an exercise or two.

Here’s Eudora Welty, who once told my creative writing teacher that she would read my work. Crazy, huh? I was 16 or 17 at the time and madly in love with Welty’s writing. Anyway, she’s a favorite of mine. But even crazier than that–my teacher got to meet her!

“Ever since I was first read to, then started reading to myself, there has never been a line read that I didn’t hear. As my eyes followed the sentence, a voice was saying it silently to me. It isn’t my mother’s voice, or the voice of any person I can identify, certainly not my own. It is human, but inward, and it is inwardly that I listen to it. It is to me the voice of the story or the poem itself. The cadence, whatever it is that asks you to believe, the feeling that resides in the printed word, reaches me through the reader-voice. I have supposed, but never found out, that this is the case with all readers–to read as listeners–and with all writers, to write as listeners. It may be part of the desire to write. The sound of what falls on the page begins the process of testing it for truth, for me. Whether I am right to trust so far I don’t know. By now I don’t know whether I could do either one, reading or writing, without the other.”

What about when you work? Is someone telling you the story? Do you see it unwind before your brain like a movie? What’s your experience?

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4 responses to “Day Six!

  1. sueburton

    When I was in college, studying the teaching of reading, I found out that hearing the words as you read is considered a reading disability. I considered trying to get over my problem for maybe a few seconds. It explained to me why I had about 98% comprehension or retention of what I read (standardized test scores) and also why I read so slowly. I think Eudora Welty’s explanation that it’s the voice of the story itself is interesting. I always thought it was my voice since it had the same difficulty pronouncing words silently that I had orally. But, yes, perhaps it is something more . . .

  2. Yes, once like a film, and I cried and then I knew it was crap so I threw it in the corner and didn’t write any more on it for ages…well, until recently when the after-the-climax got resolved, and I quit crying, for Pete’s sake.

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