Notes from An Alien

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What Guides The Author?


I’m hoping for many comments on this post

I’m hoping the writers who read this blog will tell us what guides them

I’m hoping the readers who read this blog will speculate on what guides the writers they read

I’m hoping the publishers who read this blog will think more about what guides the writers they publish and the readers who buy their books

What guides My writing?

That’s best described in a post from June of 2011, “Writing Is Like . . .” << This Is A Meme-Challenge

In that post, I mention Synchronicity

In the post, “Who Says Words with My Mouth”, I talk about Coleman Barks and the poet Rumi

In this video, Coleman Barks talks about how Synchronicity led him to his most important life work


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4 responses to “What Guides The Author?

  1. Once October 3, 2013 at 1:51 am

    As for myself, I know I was forced to write what I looked for in everything I read. Occasionally, in someone like Henry James, Hermann Hesse, and Thornton Wilder, earlier in Thomas Mann and William Somerset Maugham, I found what most approximated that “something” I looked for in this set of paragraphs or that, but even there, there was something missing in the “there,” but the “t”was still there and so there was not final “here” that would have done the trick. Then again, in Dickens or Dostoevsky, there was enough “there” silence and solace my heart for years while in Shakespeare, the fear was always that there was so much “here” that I was in fear of drowning in it all. In short, I never wanted a mere taste of beauty or idea, nor did I relish being burnt to a crisp. The compromise came when I realised that what I wanted to read, I would have to write myself. As arrogant as it sounds, nothing quite moves me to tears nor can make me laugh more greatly that what I write, and beyond this, nothing amazes me about what I have accomplished more that that I taught English for forty-two years [and managed to live to tell the tale] and thereafter that I have written more than seven hundred sonnets which actually express more than a mere taste of what I like to see in print and less than what would drown me in self-delusion. Sonnets are just the right length and breadth I can take in without suffocating. I have long since ceded the greater length in writing to authors who have the ability to achieve such lengths without getting buried in the process. Such talents as these are natural and “have it,” and are, properly speaking, artists in the strictest sense of that noun, while all others are simply competent artisans. Steinbeck and Bukowski apparently would agree with me. Their audiences were universal. I am only one member of that audience. To encounter them is to encounter an ocean, and since I can think of nothing that moves me more than the oceans of this world, I opt to pass on anything less. When I think on what I have written, I sometimes have the feeling that I have somehow managed to bottle a cup or two of that ocean, and that’s quite enough for me.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai October 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Thank you for such a Rich Comment :-)
      You’re an amazing writer and I count it a privilege to know you
      ~~~
      Folks, go visit this man’s site and challenge yourself with his magnificent poetry

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  2. 1Real Girl Writer October 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    You hope a lot! I will read it when I have time. Keep hope alive. I will tell you I write because I have too. My brain cramps up with creativity and it actually hurts if I don’t. Writing chose me, I didn’t choose it.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai October 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Bravo !! :-)

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