Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Writing's Secret Way

The Art of Asking for Invisible Help.

Too much writing is an attempt to write down what the strategic and conscious mind thinks it knows already. Real alchemy in poetry or prose occurs at the frontier between what we think we are and what we are about to become; what we believe of the world and what it is about to overwhelm us, often against our will. Good writing is a conversation between seemingly immovable and movable worlds, and is made real by the writer asking beautiful and difficult questions that shape a living, breathing identity that is ripe for surprise and revelation. The writer’s practice is to cultivate a friendship with the unknown, to overhear them selves speaking out of that unknown into the world and to ask for help along the way from those elemental powers encountered on the pilgrim road to discovery.

by David Whyte

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