Ursula Leguin is a writing powerhouse who is ridiculously brainy and purposefully invokes the curiosity and intellect of her readers. She is a writer who makes me want to be better at my writing craft.
She reminds me of the importance of the reader/audience in my storytelling. “The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
Prompts for contemplation and writing:
What do your unread stories want your readers/audience to hear?
What is alive in your writing and/or story?
When I think of my story/writing as little black marks on wood pulp, what comes up for me is…
My story feels most alive when…..
Reflection at the end of the day:
How can I connect with my reader/listener?
Is it best for my process to prepare for the reader/listener on the first draft or later in the creative process?
Bonus layer to this thread, a Rilkean quote to add:
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
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