“I am always a little skeptical when someone tells me they want to be a writer and then tells me they don’t read.” (Oriah Mountain Dreamer in What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul)
I agree with her. So often when I have this yearning to write and I’m not sure where to start I’ll go to one of my books and pull out a sentence, question or phrase, place it in my journal and see where I end up. Half the fun is not knowing what will end up on the page. At times it is only random thoughts or comments. And, then there is the gem, maybe right in the middle of the page that says “wow, where did that come from?” or “I never knew that I felt that way”. I may feel a rush of emotion, feel a tear or sense a giggle coming on. Then, that becomes the beginning for what I’ll write next. I love to go back and retrace these kinds of threads and see what the tapestry looks like. How about you?