INK ROCK has been tagged! Eli Ashpence graciously included me in a meme floating around that asserts Writing is NOT like a Box of Chocolates while seeking to discover a personal definition of what exactly writing is from different authors. The person tagged is then to finish the sentence, “Writing is like…,” post it on their blog, and then tag three others to join in the fun.
Though I can’t for the life of me find the passage to get an exact quote, one part of Stephen King’s On Writing that stuck in my head was when he likened writing to a sort of telepathy, a supernatural dialogue between two people, the writer and the reader, where images and scenes from the author’s mind appear in the reader’s, as if by magic. Basically, mind reading.
This is definitely part of what writing is for me. There is a communicative value in the words on the page and though the conversation is one sided, there is still something being said between two people. Try not to think about the whole “I wrote this now so in the future you can go back in time and read my thoughts.” Your brains, they will melt.
Adding to King’s definition, writing is like astral projection. Through the author’s ideas, as a reader, I feel as though I’m traveling, exploring the places, cultures, and characters in the book. Yet physically, I don’t even have to leave the comfort of my favorite reading spot. This is why INK ROCK focuses on the connection of place and prose. Haven’t you ever just “felt like you're there” when a good book is so well written, it can transport you to its world?
That’s writing. Now if only I could figure out a way to rack up frequent flyer miles through all this astral projection.
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