Reading And Writing

I think that everything you do helps you to write if you're a writer.
Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you
are. If you don't experience either one of those, you're being
deprived of something.

Shelby Foote

....  I often wish I didn't have to be reminded of difficult times and issues when reading or writing. Still writing it out has helped me through even the worst times in my life.  Reading other people's experiences have helped me just as much - the good and the bad stories. I have to admit our lives are all we have to write about whether we are crafting fiction or journaling feelings or facts.  The good and the bad are woven together and although I can only see the tapestry from the bottom I still pray the finshed product is beautiful in the end.

jenvice jenvice
46-50, F
3 Responses May 23, 2012

Absolutely right! I always think of Virginia Woolf's work "A Room of One's Own" and the fictional character "Shakespeare's Sister, Judith" ... we have to get out there and live life and experience as much as we can in order to be able to write well.

I am biased of course, but I believe that writing / expressing yourself creatively is not only important but necessary to the point where I truly do not understand how people who cannot find a creative outlet for themselves survive. <br />
I started out writing in a journal when I was ten and I have not stopped since. The only difference is that I have switched to a keyboard instead of a college ruled notebook with Doonesbury doodles all over it.<br />
I loved your tapestry image and I am of the belief that any project approached with sincerity is beautiful in the end and throughout the entire process.<br />
Wonderful story.

Ah. Your quilt of experiences. Worn but soft from continual revisits. Engulf yourself in the essence of this life's journey. It is why we are here.