It’s Friday and I am posting my weekly quote post—usually a Wednesday ritual. Lately, life and my inner flow aren’t conforming to a tidy blogging schedule. Approaching spring is having a more profound effect on me than even New Year’s did—I am turning my attention to indoor seed starting, outdoor repairs, and how my routines will need to shift when the gardening season begins.
Lately, my mind has been grasping for the essence of a quote I read recently—about how living life comes before writing. We have to live if we are going to have something to write about. Although not necessarily a useful message for everyone, I relate to it. I want to revisit ‘before-I-started-blogging-last-summer’ activities; respond to the pull of the garden; and spend more time on new/old interests such as reading novels and poetry. If verbalized, my new internal mantra would be:
I want to blog to live rather than live to blog.
Another recent theme that has been on my mind is the meaning of my recent attempts to write in poetic form. I have a few responses to that question and one would be ‘why ask why?’. Another more direct answer would be that one thing has led to the next from Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge to WordPress’s Writing 201–I’ve just been enjoying myself. I like writing, I like learning, and I like words.
It also occurred to me that ‘it is all writing’. The more you write, the more fluid you get. The divide between poetry and prose is not as great as some would think. Prose can be poetic and poetry can look quite similar to prose. Ultimately, the name of the game is expression. Poetry allows more word play and can also teach precision.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
∼ Vladimir Nobokov, Russian-American novelist, 1899-1977
I like this quote as it turns the stereotypes around, giving precision to poets and imagination to scientists. Obviously, there is both precision and imagination involved in both poetry and scientific research. The quote also suggests that any type of writing, whether it is fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, benefits from the magic touch of imagination and precision.
This post is in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. This week, Colleen Chesebro and Ronovan Hester have announced a new twist to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenges. To read all about it, please visit the challenge link.