Writing is more than throwing words onto paper. It is a form of story telling that requires us first to determine in our own mind what the heart of the story is. What is its essence? Until we come to grips with that essential element, we should refrain from putting pen to paper.
Novelist Anne Dillard expresses this paramount premise in the following way:
“There’s no virtue in writing per se. It’s like dribbling. Can you make the shot? Is the question.”
A Veteran’s Vision
“Writing is thinking, and thought begins not with a conclusion, but with an itch, a hint, a clue, a question, a doubt, a wonder, a problem, an answer without a question, an image that refuses to be forgotten.
“Such fragments are caught on the wing, when I think my mind is somewhere else.”
What’s Your Vision?
Mission, Goal and Objective
“I assign the writing problem to my subconscious,” says Murray.