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Partaking of the Fruit

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What I most struggle with in creative writing is that there are some ideas that just feel like they belong in the ether, in the natural born clouds. They aren’t meant to be pinned down, and every time I try to pin them down into a practical form on a page, I wound them a little bit, and must throw them back up into the ether for repair, to restore their more nebulous characteristics. This content isn’t supposed to have legs and weight, and to make noise when it walks, or to have such things as a name and defining characteristics. Rather, just whiffs of possibility that hint at an undercurrent of parallel worlds so vast and amazing as to put any Tolkien or Rowling to shame. Its just supposed to hang there, ripe for plucking, but the plucker beware. The fruit bruises easily.

And yet, there are those books that seem to pin down something that doesn’t maim the central cast of characters, and in fact broadens the material into something that changes all perceptions of reality.

It is such a pleasure to read.

So, maybe it is time I worry less about wounding and killing the ethereal, open-ended nature of my fiction, and let it come down to earth and breathe for a footstep or two--maybe pushing for three.

Perhaps all that creative fruit of the ether is meant to be consumed like coming upon a field of ripe strawberries on a warm sunny day with a cool breeze, thoroughly, with as many as will fit in your mouth, savoring each sweet burst, and unhindered by warm nectar dripping down and staining the sides of your mouth.

It's worth considering.

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  1. This post so speaks to my condition today. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for reading. So glad to hear that. 😍

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