I just got back from an evening walk, down my street and back. It’s a lovely chilly and lots of people out. Today I did a lot of reading–essays and articles that I’d printed out and been carrying back and forth for months, as well as 100 pages of Rebecca Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby, which I started a year ago and restarted this morning. She writes,
The self is also a creation, the principal work of your life.
Hi Cynthia, I just read your post, oddly enough, after returning from an evening walk. Another great piece. I know what you mean about the privacy thing. Sometimes, when I wonder what I’m thinking, I tell me it’s none of my business. Ba ding.
Your post reminded me of a lecture I heard from Hope Edelman, http://hopeedelman.com/ where she spoke at The Writing University at University of Iowa. http://www.writinguniversity.org/podcast/hope-edelman-the-story-behind-your-story. The lecture, as you can tell, is called “The Story Behind the Story.” I thought you might like to hear the lecture since she’s talking about the differences between left and right brain.
Here’s the introduction to her talk on the webpage, that tells you the essence of what she said.
When we write narrative, both sides of our brains ideally work together: the left brain controls linear thinking, logic, and language skills, and the right brain creates context and inserts emotion. This Eleventh Hour Lecture will emphasize the importance of using both sides of the brain when writing fiction and nonfiction, to push beyond an episodic recounting of events into territory that reveals your story’s deeper truths. Nonfiction author Hope Edelman will give you with tips for identifying universal themes and archetypes in your stories, and methods for articulating them to readers.
God’s blessings be with you.
Thanks for your lovely comment, Joe. And I appreciate the link–I will definitely check out the lecture. Welcome to Catching Days.