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Writing, I think, is not apart from living

30 June 2013

Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

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4 Comments to “Writing, I think, is not apart from living”

  1. Twice? No. Thousands of times. As many times as I revise a scene, or re-read a scene, of my own, the experience is new again.

    My brain doesn’t seem to have the habituation capacity. Maybe that’s part of why I’m such a slow writer.

    It happens as well for well-loved books – I re-read them just to get that emotional fulfillment again.

    In my most favoritest (is so a word) books, I have the corners dog-eared and the words underlined so I can read the good parts. The words are a trigger, like a mantra, for the virtual experience.

    If anyone ever says my writing does that for them, I will have achieved Nirvana.

  2. Good quote. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This: “….once in that mirror which waits always before or behind”

    Very nice.

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