Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reading and truth-seeking

I am reading the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, punctuated with other books like Toads, and the Women Who Kiss Them and Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic 1789-1815 and Fifty Shades of Grey and Descartes writings on reason and truth-seeking philosophy.

I am expanding my knowledge base, not just from my reading, but from experiences: conceal-to-carry class and process, watercolor painting, taking myself out of my “safe” place to a more worldly place outside my comfort zone—resisting the urges to take the path of least resistance, raising the bar of challenge on myself.

Writers write about what they know.

Writers teach and share what they have learned.

Writers take pieces and parts of life and fit them together to prove a truth about what they have learned. We learn through observation and scientific method (aka good old trial and error.)

Stephen King wrote in On Writing that reading is essential to writing. He carries a book with him everywhere he goes, he says, explaining that, although it may be interpreted as rude and offensive, what we write will offend someone somewhere along the way anyway. But, then, he also said he sometimes just says things because he’s expected to answer the questions that are put to him.
Writing is thinking on paper. Exposure to new things is important to developing new thoughts and enhancing the writer’s toolbox.

What are you thinking about today? Are you ready to put pen to paper?

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