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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Way Writers See the World

We see the world differently from those who don't write, which is both to our benefit and our detriment. A sunset isn't just beautiful, or breathtaking to us, it's a wash of pink and orange all fading together to create an unforgettable spectacle. If you're at all like me, the world seems fuller, crisper, as if everything is in vivid color. We see beyond the obvious, deeper into the 'why'. Life is words to us and many of us can't help but think of how we'd describe something we're seeing. We're often quiet and contemplative, not because we're shy or withdrawn, but because we are sort of in our own world, a world of words.

So how is all this to our detriment? It can cost us relationships if we aren't careful to nurture them as much as we nurture out creativity. Don't worry, there's good news; both can be done at once. Take vacation for example, you get to relax, have a good time with your loved one's, and it can spark your creativity.

I don't know how many times I've been told to get my head out of the clouds or to come back to planet earth. But I don't mind, those people don't know the wonders that go on inside my mind, and don't really care. Thankfully, my husband has come to understand my blank stare to mean I'm working out a scene from my book rather than fear I'm going crazy. It didn't start out this way. There was a time when I think he contemplated calling the folks with the white coats. I had to patiently explain to him that I was fine, no nothing was wrong, I was just thinking about my book. Since we see the world so differently its easy to forget that our loved one's and friends don't experience life the same way we do. It's important to reasure them that we're sane (or close enough to pass a psych test at least) and that no, nothing is wrong with them, we just have our book on our mind almost 24/7. It takes a special kind of person to understand a writer and be able to put up with all our quirks. In our pursuit to write the next New York Times Bestseller we must not forget those who support us and the impact they have on our lives!

3 comments:

  1. I love this post!!! It's so true, I was reading and going, hey, that's me, that's exactly me! Right on, Heather!

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  2. I love this! It's exactly what I have to tell my friends who don't understand my way of thinking.

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  3. Hi Heather, funnily enough I stumbled across this when I was simply trying to understand myself and my detachment to the rest of humanity. When I saw your name of course, I clicked immediately, even though it is one of your older posts. You sum it up beautifully although admittedly I find it difficult to take a vacation and make time for others, a fatal flaw eventually I am sure xE.L.Wickerx

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