Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Subtle, Imaginary Sounds of the Written Word

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This writing that you do, that so thrills you, that so rocks and exhilarates you, as if you were dancing next to the band, is barely audible to anyone else. The reader’s ear must adjust down from loud life to the subtle, imaginary sounds of the written word. An ordinary reader picking up a book can’t yet hear a thing; it will take half an hour to pick up the writing’s modulations, its ups and downs and louds and softs.

~ Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, 1989


Loree said...

AH yes, that is so true. How have you been? Summer has kept me on the go. I am hardly finding time to blog.

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