Saturday, June 16, 2012

Forever Young.


I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten, —happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

Brenda Ueland.


I think writing stories is immensely liberating because you feel young again when you write. You feel young not because you’re old already, or that you have grandchildren, or you have wrinkles on your face, but because when you write you’re absorbed into a different dimension of reality that doesn’t concern time and space. You can go to any city in the world, any corner you want to visit, any magical places with witches and dragons and giant, evil monsters. You can be whatever you want to be, a Queen, a dog, the King of Venus, you name it, you can even disappear from the world if you want to. Writers are forever young because like children playing pretend, they too embrace the freedom of imagination.

We are young because writers write and when we write we take ourselves on journeys that have no boundaries whatsoever and at that very moment, we become children again, like children stringing beads in kindergarten, —happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another, like they have all the power and all the time in the world in their hands, like they’ll be forever young.

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