All posts tagged: a writer’s space

How to Write Crisp, Evocative Descriptions: Grow Your Third Eye (6)

“When we engage not only the naked eye but the growing eye as well, we begin to see  the extraordinary within the ordinary.” -Rebecca McClanahan The “growing eye” or “third eye” that is invaluable to all artists is that ability to look beyond the physical manifestations of things, people and events. The poet and mystic Gerard Manley Hopkins called this ability the “growing eye” because it expands when it learns to participate emotionally and spiritually with whatever it is we focus on. The example McClanahan gives us of a writer using her growing eye is  Annie Dillard who wrote the book Holy the Firm after living on an island in Puget Sound for two years. Dillard wrote: “I wake in a god. I wake in arms holding my quilt, holding me as best they can inside my quilt. “Someone is kissing me — already. I wake, I cry ” ‘Oh,’ I rise from the pillow. Why should I open my eyes? “I open my eyes. The god lifts from the water. His head fills the bay. He is Puget …

Writing Regularly – A Prerequisite to Good Writing?

  I didn’t study writing in college and have never attended writing workshops.  The only writing classes I ever attended were “Creative Writing 101,” and “Advance Journalism,” during summer school in Harvard.  At that time I was already a feature writer and my articles were being published by a foreign magazine. I became a journalist by chance: When I was working as a travel photographer, the person assigned to write an article that had to be published immediately couldn’t make it, so I conducted the interview, took the pictures, wrote the article and sent it to our main office.  I received a call from our publisher shortly before publication date and he said the article was written well. Thus began my writing career. In 2010, I decided to revive my writing life after a ten-year hiatus, and even though I continued to journal, I had no confidence at all as far as writing was concerned. I began reading up on how to improve my writing. Up until then, the books on writing that I had …