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The Artist's - The Writer's - Eye

By Remy Benoit

The artist and the writer share much in common - that common ground is that they take what they see of life and its artifacts and put them into new forms, into new words.

Every writer and artist I know will tell you that the work comes through, not from, them.

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Joan Baez

Visit with Jerry Wennstrom in a movie made by Carol Wright to see what new life an old Piano has taken through his hands. Jerry Wennstrom: The Piano.

If your story, in whatever form, is ready to come out, welcome it, rejoice in it, laugh and cry with it. You may read the story of how Jerry Wennstrom re-found his art at The Inspired Heart: An ArtistÂ’s Journey of Transformation.

One of my favorite writers is Ray Bradbury. He has so very much to offer you in Zen in the Art of Writing. Don't let the title frighten you - this is prime Bradbury - direct - enlightening - encouraging - full of wisdom - full of the joy of writing.

With the world the way we have let it be made, this is good advice from Mr. Bradbury.

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

~Ray Bradbury

If there are so scraps of artifacts about that you see new life in, accept the challenge, and start putting them together.

If there are words aching to get out, sit down at the keyboard, pick up a pen and paper, and let them flow.

If you need help with the latter, join me at Editing: Your Words - Your Way.

And please, do take advantage of the Free Writing Seminar Here: Using History for Healing and Writing.

And if you have never read this one, don't let one more day go by without enjoying its delight.
From Fortune City The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms - The Fog Horn by Ray Bradbury.


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