the a-to-z of writing

Today’s DP Challenge, with the addition that I once learned: one of the 26 sentences must be 100 words long.

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Always written, Been driven to write. Create. Delve. Explore. Fanatic, even, about writing things down, writing into things, writing things out, writing myself into greater clarity. Greater clarity: yes, that’s the core of it all. How to connect with the who and why, to unravel the mystery and put it back together in some semblance of coherence. I love words, actually. Juxtaposing sound, meaning, rhythm; playing with words and their placement on the page; listening to the meaning beneath the obvious. Knowing that it’s a safe place and free, breaking out of the known into new territory or retracing steps of history, it’s beautiful and challenging and joyful and hard. Like anything worth doing in life. Mother would have loved that observation, as she often said ‘life is real and earnest.’ Not that there wasn’t some truth to her grim declaration. Only that it lacked originality, optimism. Personal passion. Quixotic leanings that are more resonant with me. Resonance – another aspect of writing that I love —  the AHA! and YES! that arise from reading another’s work, especially published authors whose words either reflect or clarify my own inmost experience or perhaps reveal something new to me, or show or teach me something completely new which might be scary or fascinating but nonetheless wakes me up and sharpens my senses, sometimes even to the extent of encouraging me to try something out of the ordinary myself, something that pushes me into new internal or external territory; or just to try something for the sheer joy and sound of it. Sound. That’s a lot of what writing is for me. Undulating rhythms, staccato notes, pregnant pauses, trills and flow. Variety. Whimsy. Xylophone epiphanies. You get the picture. Zealot that I am, I love words.


19 thoughts on “the a-to-z of writing

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  2. Absolutely inspirational. Actually motivates me to write to be honest!

    I wanted to let you know my blog had changed url to and if you plan to follow it still (since you follow my blog currently), click the follow button on the bottom right 🙂 I have two articles for you to look at when you have the time.

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  4. I enjoy reading your blog Sarah. You are doing great work. You give me some ideas for a writing circle I facilitate here at Peaslee Neighborhood Center.

    • Bonnie! So great to see your name here . . . If you’re looking for ideas for a circle, you might also want to check out our prison blog – we just recently phased out of posting a weekly poem/prompt combo, but you can get ideas from the descriptions of what we asked the women to do! Would love to hear more about your work in the world, at Peaslee, your life . . . Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie.

  5. A marvelous piece which blends whimsy and real insight into your love of words and writing. The resonance sentence was a special treat. I would not have believed that you could use 100 words and still have the sentence work, but you did!

  6. Love it! I appreciate that the sentence about resonance is the one you chose to be 100 words long – and also that it is EXACTLY 100 words long by my Word count… Makes me think of NSIP paper editing 🙂

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