Listen and Love

February 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Writing is about listening–listening to others, listening to nature, listening to your heart and the story there, listening deeply to what is true.

Writing is about paying attention to the voice in your head when it comes to whisper ideas; it’s also about getting out of your own way–quieting that voice–when it comes to whisper fears.

Writing is about learning to love. As the heart opens, stories and characters, their passages through time, and their journeys of change become more complex and authentic.

Writing is most fruitful when an artist is at one with pleasure: the aesthetic qualities of a writing desk, a warm cup of tea, solitude, or the particularities of a beach, tree, or a flock of birds, that pull words into our lives from a source we cannot name.

Post by Mary Fowles (TWS 2012). You can find her online at

Photo courtesy of the author.



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