You give yourself
in generous helpings,
spinning your blessings
into our blessings
into your blessings
into our blessings.
Oh, I am grateful
for such a
I’m deliriously thankful
this dancing, scribing circle
Another one for Diana, whose generousity of time and spirit are an inspiration.
Early in my publishing life, editor Sylvia Taylor spoke at a workshop about the importance of community: how as writers we reach up for guidance and assistance and we reach down to share benefit of our experience. I have seen many examples of this in the last decade, to my privilege and joy. Just this week, on one hand I purchased the book from a writer I’d encouraged at a conference, when this book was a dream, and on the other hand, I received an endorsement for my new book from a best-selling author. It’s a giant circle of support. We’re each other’s readers, promoters, flag wavers, editors, and shoulders to cry on. If you’re a writer, don’t sit alone, join a circle! You belong where people *really* understand about the voices in your head! 🙂 I highly endorse writing conferences as being the places to meet.
engineering artistry June 13, 2010
Tags: left brain, right brain, SAOW, shuswap lake international writers festival, Sylvia Taylor, writing
Sylvia Taylor presented a very practical workshop on editing at the Shuswap Lake International Writers’ Festival, and this quote is from that workshop. Our very exacting and critical left brain and our very creative right brain can either work against one another or with each other. This lesson is a very practical one for writers.
In this case, there is an “I” in team, since both members of the team are in our own head. When they’re fighting for our attention, nothing productive happens. While our right brain is happily thinking up new plots and dialogue, our left brain is telling us our ideas are stupid and forcing us to second guess every line. Sylvia recommended harnessing the ‘engineer’ of the right brain by doing timed writes. The engineer is busy keeping tabs on the time, while the artist of the right brain is free to write without disturbance.
Another fabulous way to harness the critical left brain is during the editing process. If we tell the left brain that it will get its chance afterwards, the right brain can create the story, article or poem, but then we can turn the piece over to the left brain to turn the art into craft: honing in on problems, pruning, improving and generally simply making the right brain’s effort stronger. Editing is as important as the inventing, and often takes far more time. Take advantage of your left brain’s skill in this area.
Writing is a team effort, it requires both our inner engineer and our inner artist. We need to take full advantage of our whole brain to be stronger writers. Thanks for the inspiring lesson, Sylvia.