Writing Wednesday: The Art of Discovering What You Believe

11 Apr

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

— Gustave Flaubert

I love this quote on so many levels. As I struggle with writing my book(s), I realize that sometimes you have to write a whole lot in order to figure out what it is you’re really trying to say, because sometimes the idea you go in to write about isn’t really the true heart of your story. It’s there. You’re onto it. It’s just buried deep inside your original idea. Sometimes, as you write, you learn something about yourself, about who you are and what you believe.

I think this is true even for those who don’t write for a living, but who enjoy keeping a diary or blogging. There have been many times I’ve scribbled into my journal and come to some revelation or at least clarity on something that had been on my heart.

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2 Responses to “Writing Wednesday: The Art of Discovering What You Believe”

  1. Linda May 23, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Absolutely — You’ve explained the quote sucinctly and in terms all should be able to relate to. When you write — you learn a lot about yourself. It’s an amazing process. And you’re right — whether it’s fiction or journaling or composing an email (even) …. You encounter yourself in print.

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