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The Power Of The Pen December 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.

170px-alice_par_john_tenniel_30Blogging  has opened my eyes to the myriad ways writers utilize the power of the pen to connect, communicate, and clarify thoughts.

I’ve always loved writing, but often did not know what to write about.

I would put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and stop, wondering if I had something worth saying.

Writing, reading, and commenting on so many divergent blogs has eliminated that self-limiting mindset.

Whether I’m feeling melancholy or silly, focused on the mundane trivia of daily life or sublime moments from the past, there is always something to ponder.

Best of all, on occasion, a few of my hastily scribbled words have actually resonated with readers . . . even if I split an infinitive or two.

Quote:  There is only one trait that marks the writer.  He is always watching.  It’s a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it. ~ Morley Callahan

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1. duke1959 - December 17, 2010

Morley Callahan is right. You are always looking at things abit different.

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Some have accused me of having a skewed perspective on life . . . I prefer the term “unique.”

2. kateshrewsday - December 17, 2010

That last comment…my poor family and friends know when I get a certain look on my face that I am watching in a different way. I am fully engaged, because this is material. Not sure what that says about my attention the rest of the time. Erk.

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Yesterday, I stepped back from the trees to take a glimpse of the forest. I tossed out a few “observations” to my BFF, then asked:

“So, do I sound like a depressed lunatic . . . or just a realist?”

“A realist.”

“Damn . . . that’s too bad.”

3. duke1959 - December 17, 2010

growing up I loved doing jig-saw puzzles and that causes you to look at things different.

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Puzzles are great for training the brain to look for little clues.

4. Maggie - December 17, 2010

These words resonate with me. 🙂

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Cruising around the blogosphere is a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing.

5. 4minutewriter - December 17, 2010

It’s a two way relationship: the way we observe the world around us influences our writing, and the fact that we are continually on the look out for material to write on influences the way we look at the world.
I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the variety of topics you explore. A wise woman you are!

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Thanks, Zoe! Right back at you. I adore your posts ~ so much to ponder in your adventures and pithy observations.

6. M. Howalt - December 17, 2010

Really nice observations (to stay in the realm of the quotation).
I never had trouble finding something to write (except on the rare occasion of writer’s blocks, which I have mostly eliminated now), but blogging is an interesting experience – it’s different from most other writing.

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

It’s definitely opened my eyes to the infinite number of doors we can choose to walk through with our words.

7. nancycurteman - December 17, 2010

Writing is a learning experience for me. Most of my writing requires some research, an activity I love. Blogging provides an excellent opportunity for sharing the things I learn.

nrhatch - December 17, 2010

Good point, NC ~ writing gives us a chance to constantly expand our horizons and share the view with others.

8. gospelwriter - December 18, 2010

Hehe – I don’t worry too much about split infinitives any more… and I agree, there’s always something to ponder – and therefore to write 🙂

Love the Callahan quote – thanks for posting it.

nrhatch - December 18, 2010

I’ve posted that quote elsewhere . . . but I just love it.

Long before I started meditating, I assumed the role of “detached observer” (and tribe scribe) ~ changing my vantage point and point of view without moving a muscle.

9. Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 18, 2010

Reading other bloggers’ work has probably helped me more than anything else in my quest to write in a meaningful way – even if I’m attempting to be funny. There is usually some “different” way of approaching a subject that gets me started, and even the so-called humorous posts have a little serious stuff behind them. Other writers are great inspiration. They can either get me thinking contrary to them, or with them from my own POV. And you would never guess how much I love commenting on them! 😀

nrhatch - December 18, 2010

Great points, Paula.

I agree with you . . . through osmosis we pick up tips and techniques that make our own efforts to communicate more flowing and glowing.

10. Cindy - December 18, 2010

Thanks for being in my life Nancy, you’re a daily bit of sunshine.

nrhatch - December 18, 2010

Thanks!!! I needed that. 🙂

11. Joanne - December 18, 2010

I’m identifying with all of you writers here…
And not only do our topics and POVs change from one piece to another, for many of us our writing takes on a variety of styles, genres and forms.

I may feel like a jingle one day or a full-on song another… a poem another day or a full-on script… a blog or a full-on essay article… a note tucked into a loved one’s sack lunch or a full-on love letter…

Whatever the occasion, the emotion or motion to move on another’s emotions, writing is a channel and a portal through which other parallel or higher dimensions communicate to us and through us for more than one expressed purpose — so often more than not, to keep us healthy, balanced and sane.

nrhatch - December 18, 2010

Wonderful comment, Joanne!

Our muses do wander off the beaten track at times . . . in order to keep us on the path as it unfolds before us. 😉

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