A Well of Words

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. ~ Ernest Hemingway


Words. I love words. Writing has always been a love of mine, but even more important than putting the text on paper, is a love of reading. I find it hard to believe that one could be a proficient writer without first being a voracious reader.

In our cover story on artist Sheila Dunn, she talked about hearing musician Jolie Holland’s theory on writing music: after absorbing poems and music over time…all the material will eventually spill out as songs. Dunn commented, “I’m continuing to absorb the songs or writings that speak to me…I feel like there are certain paintings that just come out of this process.”

I have always felt the same way about writing. With every book or magazine I read, art exhibit I visit or song I listen to, the stories, lyrics and words are added to my library of material and as Hemingway said, my well is refilled. The next time I visit the page I have more influences to draw upon.

November is also the time of year that lends itself to a celebration of words. The annual festival, Nature of Words (November 7-10), offers an excellent opportunity to relish the lyrical gift of many excellent writers. With lectures, readings and workshops, Central Oregon has the unique opportunity to dive into the written word. Make sure to check out their schedule of events www.thenatureofwords.org and replenish the well of your writing.

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