Friday, December 26, 2014

Currie's Gratitude 26 December 2014

“Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.
"I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know."
"Not the same thing a bit!" said the Hatter. "You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see!”
   [Lewis Carroll]

This is the trickiest part of writing. I know the “backstory” of what I am writing, I understand each and every leap from lily pad to lily pad, and I am pretty sure I DO know what it is I mean. Still, when I wrap it up inside words and paragraphs and page, DO I really have the first clue what YOU will understand?!

And really, is that the point of writing, that someone should BE understanding, or is it an act that gives EVERYTHING in the simplest DOing of it?!

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.   [C.S. Lewis]

YES!! I love this piece of the puzzle that is writing. The words and the letters and the organising of it all into something that can BE read…

I love you, Currie 


Rita said...

I know exactly what you mean! I discovered when I went to college at 48 years old that I was used to journaling and writing letters to people I knew--who also knew my backstory and could read between the lines. Had no idea how vague I could be to strangers--LOL! I haven't noticed you do that much, though. :)

Carol said...

I know that most don't understand what I am saying. :) and that is ok... Most days I know and that's what counts. I feel I understand what you are saying all the time .