Your Voice, When No One is Listening

 

IMG_0002Photo by Ellen Blum Barish

“At its core, writing is about cutting beneath every social expectation to get to the voice you have when no one is listening. It’s about finding something true, the voice that lies beneath all words. But the paradox of writing is that everyone at her desk finds that the stunning passage written in the morning seems flat three hours later, and by the time it’s rewritten, the original version will look dazzling again. Our moods, our beings are as changeable as the sky (long hours at any writing project teach us), so we can no longer trust any one voice as definitive or lasting”

Pico Iyer, from his New York Times Book Review essay, “Voices Inside Their Heads,” April 14, 2013

 

One thought on “Your Voice, When No One is Listening

  1. Ellen – you are such right-on quotes, and the photo goes so beautifully with the words. Wonderful, my friend, to learn more about what goes on for the writer before we get to see the finished product. And your finished products are always so meaningful…..

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