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Friday, October 07, 2011

“Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.” ~Samuel Butler

Sometimes stories come to us nearly fully formed. Characters with names and histories and needs and motivations come to us and demand to have their story told. Sometimes it is only a persistent thought or question that nags at the back of our mind. Once we turn toward it and open our mind and heart and start writing, the words pour out of us as if they come from somewhere else.

If you have not yet experienced this wonder, keep freewriting, keep relaxing and following your Muse, keep letting your imagination lead you, no matter how far afield you think it’s going. When you let go and become a channel, you might just be amazed at the words that show up.

“It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.” ~Joan Baez

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