Saturday, August 15, 2015

Some Thoughts on Writing

     I read Virginia Woolf's wonderful treatise on writing,  A Room of One's Own. Have you read it?  If not, grab a copy and spend an afternoon with this penetrating and diverse thinker.  Toward the end of the book, after analyzing the prose of a woman writer, she digressed to ponder the mind of a good writer.  She said that one cannot write fully from a man's point of view or fully from a woman's point of view, but that both the feminine and masculine sides of the writer's personality must unite to produce a work of worth.  Here is how she states it:
Some collaboration has to take place in the mind between the woman and the man before the act of creation can be accomplished.  Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated.  The whole of the mind must lie wide open if we are to get the sense that the writer is communicating his experience with perfect fullness.  There must be freedom and there must be peace. . . . The writer, I thought, once his experience is over, must lie back and let his mind celebrate its nuptials in darkness.
     Isn't that fabulous?  It also brings to mind what I touched on in The Gemini Bond.  In order to be ready to re-unite with one's Twin Soul, one must balance the masculine and feminine aspects of the personality.  It is in becoming whole that we are ready for wholeness.  Something to ponder.

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