3 Days Of Light

"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth"---Rachel Carson

I’ve been visiting here since I was 4 years old and still this beach works magic on my psyche. At least, it feels like magic.

I don’t wait to be struck by lightning and don’t need certain slants of light in order to write. –Toni Morrison

Certain slants definitely act as lightning strikes for me. This particular light and I bonded. What came into my head as I powerwalked surprised and reminded me not to shove my mental papers under my mental carpets (they are mostly Victorian, paced to threadbare and permanently stained) when feeling overwhelmed, but to have faith in my imagination’s addiction to surprise parties. If I’d been at home (in my bedroom office typing away as the dog snored next to me, the usual threat of housework looming) instead of hoofing it along my beach into a challenging headwind, I’m not sure the same imagination-information would have come to me—or at least not as quickly as it did.

I’ve always disliked words like inspiration. Writing is probably like a scientist thinking about some scientific problem, or an engineer about an engineering problem. –Doris Lessing.

She’s right—especially when dissecting/creating/tweaking plot. But to feel excitement while waiting for something ordinary to ignite the sky with color—the mesmerizing quality of an evolving vista—what a sunset over ocean can produce in me?

Inspiration is definitely the word (take that you old synapsing, chemically attracting, brain affecting negative ions gone mad!), morphing into ideas that write themselves.



Of course I keep coming back for more.

About PB Rippey

Writer, wife, mother, grateful. Fiction, memoir, poetry, kidlit (MG), member SCBWI. pbwrites.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to 3 Days Of Light

  1. Beth Hull says:

    Writing is a LOT of hard work, and that old butt-in-chair, and thinking and working out problems. But the reward is when, either while writing or taking a long shower or (green with envy) walking along a beautiful beach, inspiration strikes.
    No, I don’t want to wait around for inspiration, but I definitely love it when it shows its beautiful, sunset-golden head.

  2. I agree with the magic of beaches, especially in those moments of the day when the sunlight is most brilliantly reflected in the waters – earth and sky and water all come together to inspire us!

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