Some things, better felt than read, better understood when said.
Like difference between test-driving cars compared to staring at them in showrooms.
Or like gazing at travel brochures, watching film or reading books are no comparison to travelling, to visiting the real thing.
Busy brains pushes thousands of thoughts around.
Some gets through?
Some days that hinders readers.
Most days it hinders this writer. Thoughts back up like a clogged drain, only to then flow without interruption from judicious sorting, worsened when this writer is in a hurry.
I’m trying to massage thoughts and realities better.
Send a clear message that touches someone.
How do I do that?
How can even a simple paragraph equal a genuine caring smile?
How can a sentence equate to a touch?
How can the most clever of statements explain feelings?
Too many columns and feelings are rant-ish, pointing out some thing or pointing to some idea, struggling to make their point. Not mine of course, but ones I read in newspapers and on-line. Writing a description of something gives shape and structure.
Reading them however is often not clear, not so easily done. Readers don’t usually care as much about that as writers do.
Writers need respect time his readers invest. I’ve been paying attention, to say more with less, using fewer words - make my point without taking readers on a long journey.
Words are better owned than borrowed (writers never steal – but they borrow often).
Words shine light – sometimes they illuminate (thanks SC for that video-link – well invested 17 minutes).
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 4C / 40F, barely sunny, steady chilly west wind, a sky that doesn’t look friendly at all. Gusta and I walked to small loop, traffic light, a few walkers and students with backpacks resembling refrigerators on their backs
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