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  •  Not so sure about this ... (7+ / 0-)
    The writing in my head is still my favorite of all my writing, though admittedly it is the least productive, and certainly not to be recognized or valued by anyone but me. I refuse to discount it entirely, however, by letting people tell me that it's not writing.  It is, instead, writing of a lesser form.
    I think it is not of a "lesser" form ... more of a "different" form. And the writing in our heads shapes the writing that people eventually read and as such has great value. Some of my best writing is in my head (or in my own mind, perhaps!) and those words surely impact the words that are eventually shared with others.

    Thank you for this thoughtful diary, a gilas girl.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 03:49:24 AM PDT

    •  I have written (6+ / 0-)

      entire libraries in my head.  


      But I do have a go-to volume of in my head short stories, of which this one has a central place.  In a drunken stupor I once recited all of them, to anyone who would listen.

      (I guess that would make another entry to that volume!)

      thanks for the republish.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 06:17:12 AM PDT

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        a gilas girl, oculus, Thomasina

        dear gawd don't get me started...  i also know i am the repository of stories of my grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mother and feel a certain obligation to them to tell their stories (but tell them slant, as Emily D says) as one of their daughters.   it is the only place in my life where i am still a daughter, and, as i have no daughters of my own, i am the cap to that particular group of women.  so i write their stories, barely recognizable (of course by now no one remembers them but family anyway), and so, their stories are rendered in poems.   and i've done it.  

        my own story?   ah, much harder to render on paper because of all the blood that spills!!!!   LOL    that on-going story gets to 'set' for at least 7 years before i'll attempt to write it.  i want some perspective in place!

        so, for me, any writing that stems from myself, my soul, is written mostly in blank journals in one lines.   eventually i go gather them up and see if i can make something with them.  

        ps.  this post was not edited.   that's usually not a good thing.   ;-)

        "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

        by kj in missouri on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:20:42 AM PDT

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    •  agree with JanF (3+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, oculus, Thomasina

      on the concept of what we write in our heads is the iceberg that informs the tips, those pieces that actually break through the surface onto paper.

      i have an ongoing mythology that informs basically, yeah, everything i think, notice and live (and paint.)  at one time i thought i could write the story, but i'm realizing over time that maybe if i live to be 90, that might happen.  but not now...  because i'm living it.   so what i do actually write down on paper or the computer are merely pieces of that big mandala that is life as this writer sees it.

      it is my informing myth.  lens. whatever i want to call it.  

      "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

      by kj in missouri on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 09:11:13 AM PDT

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