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"Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second." --Robert Frost
I came across this quote the other day, and it gave me pause. One of America's best loved poets, Robert Frost expressed in a colorful metaphor a concept I've found to be so true--if I talk too much about a writing project before getting it down on paper, the idea seems to lose power--and drizzle to a drip. Ah, what else, dear Robert, could you teach me (besides something about being a better poet??). Let's see...
"I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.Writing a poem is discovering."
"Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down."
"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office." (Boy, isn't that the truth?)
"Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense."
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
"Pressed into service means pressed out of shape."
"The best way out is always through."
Just some food for thought as we continue on this week. Any of Robert's thoughts jump out at you? Do you find that your writing ideas lose their punch when you talk about them too soon?