Find Your Pause Today
I suppose it's time to grow this blog though I resist the pull of conformity. Most successful writers these days do blog. I don't consider myself in that class of authors, but hope those reading might be encouraged in your writing projects.
From The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“The serious writer has always taken the flaw in human nature for his starting point, usually the flaw in an otherwise admirable character. Drama usually bases itself on the bedrock of original sin, whether the writer thinks in theological terms or not. Then, too, any character in a serious novel is supposed to carry a burden of meaning larger than himself.
The novelist doesn't write about people in a vacuum; he writes about people in a world where something is obviously lacking, where there is the general mystery of incompleteness and the particular tragedy of our own times to be demonstrated, and the novelist tries to give you, within the form of the book, the total experience of human nature at any time.
For this reason, the greatest dramas naturally involve the salvation or loss of the soul. Where there is no belief in the soul, there is very little drama.”
We want to start three practices: the Practice of Memory, the Practice of Imagination and the Practice of Compassion. Good memory work should be done everyday as it takes consistency to recall forgotten events. Imagination fuels our passion for writing, even when we compose a short composition such as a vignette, a bio-sketch, or a short story. The practice of compassion is for ourselves – it's not about the other person. Be kind to yourself as a writer and don't allow self criticism to stop your creative flow.