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Into the welcoming woods we go, Careful and quiet, watchful and slow, With only the birds to sing us along, And only the trees to say we belong, Trusting the path to lead us aright, Praising the sun for giving us light, And when we tally the silence we sought, We’ll have as much as the silence we brought.   Henry's books .   If you would like Drovers Gap blog delivered directly to your email inbox, click here . NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS: Feedburner has announced they will no longer facilitate new e-mail subscriptions. Although they say current e-mail feeds will function "indefinitely." You may wish to switch your subscription to Follow.it. You can sign up with this link . You may have already received an e-mail invitation from Follow.it to confirm your subscription. 

Read a lot...


 I'm reading more in my old age, following the default advice dished out to writers when they're young, "Read a lot." The problem is that to read more one writes less. The days don't get longer over time. But as I have fewer involvements out in the world, there's more time for reading as well as writing.

So I read, on my phone, on my PC, and especially when I'm reading poetry, even on paper. The idea behind the advice seems to be that when you read other writers, you get ideas to steal. In practice, I've found ideas poured from somebody else's bucket seldom seem to fit mine.

So I read fiction just for the pleasure of reading, or, as Annie Starling, the Quaker teacher in my novel, Between Times, advised her young student, Emmalou Truelight on page 62-

“If thee wants to write a book, Emmalou,” she counseled the girl, “Thee must read a great number of them first, and as thee sees how others write, thee will learn all the ways to avoid when thee comes to write for thyself.”

Mitchell, Henry. Between Times . Alfie Dog Limited. Kindle Edition.

 

Henry's books.

 

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