Escaping the outline

Revision isn’t only the act of composition.
Revision is thinking applied to language,
An opening of discovery,
A search for the sentence that says the thing you had no
idea you would say
Hidden inside the sentence you are making.

You’ll never know what you think until you escape
your outline.*

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Discovering your Self in language is always an epiphany, even if finding the words to describe your inner reality can be an agonising process.**
Bessel van der Kolk

Just yesterday,
I had been asked about dreamwhispering,
So I went back to the 90s,
Describing how I knew back then what I generally should be doing in my work,
But wanting to know what I should specifically be spending more time on:
Out of the outline and into my passion,
One might say.

Over the ensuing years of exploration, trial and error,
What has emerged is dreamwhispering,
the contribution I love to make beyond all others.

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.^

Life is about finding our specific words and language,
And then creating our stories.

They don’t have to be many,
But they do have to be ours:

Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote The Cat in the Hat with only
250 words,
He then went on to write Green Eggs and Ham with
It’s about having the
right words.

You’re welcome to get in touch and find out more about

*Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Several short sentences about writing;
**Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score;
^Albert Szent-Györgi, quoted in Rohit Bhargava’s Non Obvious 2019.

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