All posts tagged: writing and silence

Writing from the Silence

  I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness. -Sara Maitland in How to Be Alone Silence had been a constant companion since I was young. When this year began, silence beckoned me to depths of quietude that I had never experienced. Silence has a way of opening up all the senses. Hearkening to the call to more and deeper silence has been showing me a world I had not previously explored. I was worried that inviting more silence into my life would mean that I would stop writing. Ironically, it has birthed more writing moments. Photo credit: lukeok via Morguefile

Writing and Silence

In a previous post I wrote, “The changing seasons seem to mirror the changes in my writing life. I am neither here nor there.There is a seeming tug of war within. And there is an unpredictability about it that I have not yet begun to understand.” The tug of war that I wrote about revolved around silence and writing. I was and am hearkening to the call to incorporate more silence into my life and I had no idea how silence would fit into my writing life. It was a conundrum that I faced daily since the beginning of the Lenten season,  a sort of Koan: How do I merge writing and silence? The answer came to me a few days ago: Write from the silence. It seems simple, but it will take a lifetime to explore this path. It was a surprise to find several websites that explore writing and silence. The International Association of Conscious and Writers featured an article on How to Strengthen Your Writing With Silence. In  Justen Ahren Demystifies his Monastic Approach to Writing, the poet …