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Thursday's thing to love...

The Rich Writer: Thursday's thing to love...

The Rich Writer

How to Thrive on the Writer's Road

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Thursday's thing to love...

...about being a writer.

Writing has a way of permeating life. It adds an edge of awareness to every moment, letting me see more of the world than I would otherwise. I imagine that writing sharpens the senses the same way that drawing or painting does: I'm constantly on the lookout for interesting character quirks, new images, unusual situations.

Writing sharpens the way I view the world around me, but it also sharpens the way I look within. Every emotion, every up and down of life, is material I can use to bring my characters to life. I like to think that this increased awareness brings something of value to my readers. Regardless, it brings something of value to me: the more I write, the more aware I am of my interactions with others, my emotions, my gut-level reactions--the better I understand them. I wonder: what truth will you find in your life, if you take the time to look?


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