Monday, December 6, 2010

To Write It

"My partner listened quietly, as he always does when I tell him all the details of the things I've seen. He knows I have a need to tell stories. But whenever I say them out loud, there is something missing for me. To really tell a story, I need to write it. It's then that I understand what it is that I'm really trying to say. I find the deeper meaning--and the deeper satisfaction.

The same is true of many others..."
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Elizabeth Berg, a preface to encouragement
in Escaping Into the Open:
the Art of Writing True
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I am one of those others.
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It's why I write. And why I dream of sharing my writing with others, aim for publication, so that I may understand myself, and thus be truly understood by you.

25 comments:

Diane said...

We can't wait to really hear all that you have to say! :O)

Slamdunk said...

I hope all of your dreams are attained Janna.

Liza said...

I have just added another book to my reading list. I didn't know Elizabeth Berg wrote a book on writing. Wishing you your dreams...

Ann Best said...

In the process of writing, we make discoveries and do find satisfaction.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my post. And I'm glad you stumbled across my blog because now I've found you too!!
Ann Best, Long Journey Home

Lynn said...

Love it. And I like Elizabeth Berg. I must check out the book you mention. Thanks!

Catherine A. Winn said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. It is very nice meeting other writers.

Mary Vaughn said...

Profound!

Melissa Marsh said...

Me too. :-)

Kara said...

What a wonderful quote! And I'm glad you like to write your stories, I like to read them:)

Melissa Gill said...

I agree, before I can tell a story, I have to write it down.

Beth said...

Me too Jana! I get much more satisfaction out of writing my stories!

Sharla said...

Ditto! It comes out completely different on paper. Like the details were hiding in a closet till the pen comes out, then they run and jump in. LOL.

Karen said...

That's really good. I like that.

Jill Kemerer said...

I want to get that book now. Wow.
Thanks!

Jemi Fraser said...

Hi Janna - I followed you back over and I'm glad I did :) Great blog!

I'm one of those others too. Spoken words are fleeting - in so many situations I prefer the written!

Lydia Kang said...

I know what you mean, but you said it so much better than I could have!

The Hat Chick said...

I like to write because it gives me a chance to say what I meant to say the first time the way that I would have said it if I had been quick-witted enough. (don't ask how many times I changed the sentence above...and I'm still not sure it's right....gack!!)

Karen Lange said...

Wonderful quote. I think I'm one of those others too. It's a blessing to find sweet friends of like mind. :) Thanks for sharing, Janna.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, me too, Janna!

And I so love the way you take words and weave them around our hearts, like a gentle-handed mother wraps a warm scarf around her loved ones to keep the cold out and the love in.

Sorry for the run-on!

Love you,
Jen

Talli Roland said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog - I'm glad I came to visit yours. What a beautiful quote.

Catherine West said...

Love that!

Deb Shucka said...

I'm the same way as well. This Elizabeth Berg book is one I go to when I need an encouraging voice. It's one of my favorites - up there with Anne Lamott's and Pat Schneider's and Stephen King's.

Woman in a Window said...

and too

we write because we have no choice.

it is simply who we are.

:)

xo
erin

septembermom said...

Terrific excerpt. Thanks for sharing Janna.

Nikole Hahn said...

An unread story is waste. :o)