Monday, September 06, 2010

Listening for the words

When asked "why he wrote?" Thurber replied.....

"I don't know what I think until I read what I have to say." 

For those who think they have nothing to say, who can't imagine writing a blog, a poem, even a simple letter to a friend, my encouragement is for you to write and write and write.  I think I agree with Thurber in that we might often think the muse is nowhere in sight, that we have little to say on a subject.......and yet, all that has to be done is to begin - they're there, the words are there.

Don't be afraid to listen to yourself - the listening may be from a place you never imagined or from a Creator that you've never given a thought to.  The words may only be between you and that Creator - don't be afraid to write, and most of all, don't be afraid to listen to your own words or to the words that reverberate back to you!

Photo courtesy Lucy - SS at Camp Cross - caught listening:)


  1. Excellent advice. Writing is its own reward.

  2. So true, Sunrise Sister and Maureen.

  3. Hi Maureen and Claire,

    Thanks for your support, as always. I read another great article this a.m. about writing and will probably say more about it this week. I've been enjoying being back here at the MindSieve after about a 6 week break. The writing just feels so good and someone reading the writing is a special and unexpected reward.


  4. love this post! i wasn't familiar with the thurber quote, but it reminds me of one of my favorites by flanner o'connor. "i write to discover what i know."

    i see you got the picture i sent....