Tuesday, October 03, 2006

About that Deserted Island

I can’t imagine a person who hasn’t be asked the ice-breaking question that begins with If you were on a Deserted Island . . . The sentence has a variety of endings what book, what CD, what three things . . . would you bring?

I wasn’t really thinking about that question. I was thinking about writing and ended up there.

My questions was Would I write if no one was listening?

I would write. I would for the same reason people sing in the shower, run by the lake shore, or paint a portrait. I would write for the same reason that people grow flowers in places that other people can’t see. I would write because I know it’s wrong leave your talent dormant, lying wanting, hidden in some empty closet, only used when other folks applaud. I would write to find the pathway through my thoughts that leads to me.

About that desert island, might I have paper and pencil, please?

Even if I might not have them, I would write an oral history.
−me strauss Letting me be

15 comments:

Tell No One said...

Can I get an AMEN!
:)

dsnake1 said...

I'm listening. Liz,

i'm reading and looking deep at the words you wrote. although sometimes i may not agree with something you have written, i'll still be back here reading.

and yes, give me a pencil and paper too. :)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Katrina!
Amen!
You can come write with me. :)

ME Strauss said...

Good morning Dsnake,
Yes, you need to be writing too. What a desserted island we would make a bunch of writers sitting under trees. :)

Dawn said...

I guess I'll just join the chorus of Amen.
I know the feeling of doing something because I cannot NOT do it, it somehow defines me.

I would write to find the pathway through my thoughts that leads to me.
I think the above is the most important reason of all.

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Dawn,
You always hear and understand. You see through and into what I'm saying. Different lives . . . same experience. There's a meaning there.

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Dawn,
You always hear and understand. You see through and into what I'm saying. Different lives . . . same experience. There's a meaning there.

bradford said...

just an hour ago I read an article that shows writing 20 minutes a day about what stresses you, relieves stress - take your pen as a pill!
You MUST be wonderfully healthy

ME Strauss said...

Hi Bradford,
I can say that I'm much better than I was when I didn't write. As far as wonderfully healthy goes . . . I'll give a long list of folks who might disagree :)

Janus Torrell said...

If I was on a deserted island and I could take one thing it would be a boat to get off the island, then I can write about it when I get back.

ME Strauss said...

Janus,
You are such a practical sort. I need you around me more. Why didn't I think of that?

Sasha Manuel said...

Good question. Honestly, if I try to answer your question, I'd say I'm not sure just yet.

I write in secret --- words that no one will ever read but I find a sense of fulfillment each time I write and it touches someone's soul.

Perhaps I just may continue writing but will never be complete without at least one who would read them.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Sasha,
We can't write without people. It's people who taught us to wirte and interactions with people that moves us to think and write. Writing is fiercely independent, yet deeply social at the same time. We write to find out what we're thinking, but yet we don't want to think we're only talking to ourselves. I think every writer yearns for a perfect reader.

I think you will find a reader, but your friend will be a friend not a soul mate. Soul mates don't read well. I find they look for thenselves in the words.

michaelm said...

Great post, Liz.
We all write for a variety of reasons; enjoyment, catharsis, for creativity's sake. I sometimes I feel I write simply to find out what will happen next, if that makes any sense. I know that without writing, I'd be in a padded room wearing a strait-jacket. Truth...
Here's to keeping the hand in perpetual motion.

~michaelm

ME Strauss said...

Hi Michael,
I know that I have grown by and through writing and that I have learned to stand on my feet by using my words. Here's to keeping the keys dancing so that I breahte and I smile.