Writers: Look for the Majestic Silence

Carrie Brown

In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, professor and author Carrie Brown discusses the role visual art can play in the writing life. She says:

A writer can wander the halls of a museum filled with great works of art, or flip through a book, or even a box of old photographs without being struck by any one of the images before him. But inevitably there will come a moment when the writer’s gaze stays somewhere—there’s that “majestic silence”—and at that moment, the writer knows to stand still and listen and look.

Definitely check out the entire essay, which fully introduces this thought and its context in a detailed way (with a visual!).

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Jan Annino

Agreed, Jane. I’m new to your blog & appreciate this reference. An elegant essay from Ms. Brown.
Following you on Twitter now.
Sending stuck writers to dance & theater performances can be a catalyst.
A book I recommend to writers about combining business sense with the guarding of creativity, is Twyla Tharpe’s (with Mark Reiter) on, The Creative Habit: Learn to Use It For Life.

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