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
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.
Good quote. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome, Joe.
This: “….once in that mirror which waits always before or behind”
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