What goes on inside a writer’s mind?
Hemingway said, ‘We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.’
‘It took me fifteen years to realize I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.’ Robert Benchley
This occurred inside this writer’s mind.
Soft winds blow oceanic scents across your path. Gentle waves of conversation from the deck of the restaurant above, disperse in the twilight air. Contentedness swirls amongst those out for the evening. And except for the moment when you lift your eyes to admire the tiny lights adorning the balcony and instead catch the glint of a watch as it slips down and smashes open on the path in front of you, it would have been a perfect night.
There is no watch and the wait-staff continue to serve. Because on a stunning spring evening where everyone is furiously snapping the sunset, your writer’s mind is spinning with the whir of a narrative.
She digs in to gain purchase in the sand but the whirling mass of water pushes her around. Her lungs judder. The thunderous waves are not yet spent and if she is caught in their fury, she will not live. It’s a small thing, her life. She wishes she hadn’t wasted years barely living it.
Inside your writer’s mind, when you hear snippets of conversation you mentally snap them to recall later, or else you write them down instantly.
She adjusts her helmet and considers the sun’s position. High on the mountain summit with no devices and no instructions other than to get to the bottom of the mountain in one piece, on her skis, before dark, before the others, and before the storm triggers an avalanche, she wonders how other mothers train their daughters.
To be a writer is to live in many worlds simultaneously.
Do you have moments when your writer’s mind takes flight and you rush to record something before it disappears?
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