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Feed Your Head

No, this is not a reference to the newly legalized pot smoking that’s going on in Washington and Colorado.

Tyler Durden says:

Isaac Newton, the father of classical mechanics and progenitor of nearly every technology we use today, was easily one of the top 10 most influential minds in all of human history… Yet as accomplished as he was, Newton credited the brilliant scientists and philosophers who came before him, acknowledging that his insights would not have been remotely possible without the foundations laid by great thinkers– Archimedes, da Vinci, Descartes, etc. No doubt, all great ideas flourish by expanding upon the works of others.


As writers, we have our own influences; those whom we revere and those whom we emulate in style or content. It’s the ‘taking in’ that gives the creative brain the puzzle pieces to connect to make a picture. The creation coming from the mind of an author is a bit like compost. A myriad of articles go into the bin to churn and percolate. Then out the other side comes a rich, aromatic, fertile product. It is a by-product of what went in, yet it looks nothing like the original articles that created it.

Today’s task is simple. Feed your head. Give it something to write about tomorrow.

There’s a Dark Something in There

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert

This little quote popped up on a WordPress notification this morning. I read it and loved it.

I never looked at writing that way. Writing opens me up to myself; writing is self-discovery.

Normally, I would whole-heartedly embrace that concept, except sometimes I write really creepy, dark things. If I believe writing is self-discovery,  I have to examine the dark component. I always thought the writing of those dark stories was me cleaning the bugs out of my basement. Maybe I want to leave that side of myself undiscovered. It can percolate in the dark, wafting fumes (my dark stories) from its lair every once in a while.

A Writer Must Read

A very dear friend admonished me, “You need to read more.” He always has a book at hand — at home, in his car, in the suitcase when traveling.  Anywhere, if he is waiting, he is reading.

My life is busy. I barely find time to breathe. But in surrender to the advice of my friend, I offer you this quote from www.glittertrain.com:

First: if you want to write well, you have to read well. That means reading all the time, with passion and attention and alertness, and shunning crap.—Jennifer Anne Moses