Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

You know when you finish reading a piece of writing and you feel something? It’s amazing, isn’t it? I find that it’s not just the feeling that the writing summons but the fact that before the writing I may or may not have been feeling anything intensely and then I feel something, sometimes a completely different something, intensely.

I’ve been reading a lot of haiku theory lately (See: The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter). One of my favorite discoveries about haiku and all tangible writing is this:

“If we are the writer, we share it (the moment of writing) with the reader. If we read a haiku, we share that moment, or one like it, with the writer…By recognizing the intimate things that touch us we come to know and appreciate ourselves and our world more.” (p. 6)

So when we write we share the inspiring thing we made the writing out of, whether it’s an event, a person, an object, a time, with whoever reads it and the reader, in turn, shares the same thing that we felt by experiencing an emotional reaction to the writing.

Here’s why I think this works: poet Carolyn Forche said that you must evoke the same feeling, in your writing, that you felt when you encountered the thing you want to write about. When you write, you must evoke that same feeling for your reader.

Today I encourage you to think about something you’ve read that has made you feel deeply and tell us about it in the comments.

Also think about how you translate your emotions into words. Do you feel what you felt at the beginning of the writing when you get to the end and re-read what you wrote? If not, why? Is it because you found inspiration in something else and went in a completely different direction or do you view your writing from a completely different angle?

Reminders:

Go read the contest entries for Week 2 HERE and experience an emotion. You have until tomorrow, Thursday, August 20, 11:45 p.m. EDT to cast your vote.

Week 3’s guidelines are HERE and the deadline is Sunday, August 23, 11:45 p.m. EDT. Go write something that will make us feel.

If you haven’t already, read up on the origins of a few nifty quotes HERE. I especially love the Alexander Pope one.

Have a great day!

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About 409writinglife

Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?
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2 Responses to Sharing is Caring

  1. Recently I had the pleasure of reading two very good books — Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian, and Above Us Only Sky, by Michele Young-Stone. Both are so memorable, and will remain so to me, because they take place during in the aftermath of extreme tragedy. But the tragedies aren’t the real stories. Instead, it’s the minute, subtle moments of life before, during, and after; it’s all the emotional treasures that people carry with them once they’ve lost everything, and those stunning moments of revelation they have once they learn they haven’t lost everything after all. It’s the impact of brief bits of time, the sound of a loved one’s voice in memory, the touch of an unexpected helping hand …

    These two very different stories, by two different writers hold within the secrets that I always wanted to convey as a writer. Secrets, one in particular that is difficult to define, to articulate, on the other side of deep emotional upheaval. When spoken aloud, this “revelation” seems obvious rather than life-altering and unworthy of a closer look — people need people.

    One moment in time can alter a person’s path years later, lend them hope. One question left unanswered but constantly sought by one person can change the course of another’s thoughts and passions when shared in confidence. Blink and you’ll miss moments like that.

    I like these stories because the writers manage to reveal such important moments in the simplest of ways. I want to write like that!

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