I woke up, did my everyday workout, took the cold shower and sat behind the desk. A thought came to mind, blurred recalls somewhere on periphery. I have read something yesterday, something important, but what it was? Where is the book? I searched in a tower built from books, standing next to my bed. The book said:
This is because you are thinking on the level of discursive thought, like a water bug swimming on the surface of the water (from “Wild mind” by Natalie Goldberg.
Does not matter if that’s “discursive” or another term, but this level…, this level made me thinking. You can write on different levels. Let us call them experiential and intellectual. We too often think abstractly omitting experiences. We say for example:
Of great importance is to fight for your dreams and to believe in your capacities. When you face adversities, do not give up but persevere…
Claptrap, nothing else. Moves anybody. Don’t be the water surface bug. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and dive. Look for experiences. Do you remember a particular incident you felt in this way? Who was around? What have you heard? What colors you could see? What textures did you feel? Did you smell something? Spin a yarn and show instead of tell. The best way to transfer any meaning is to evoke it by images. A good story evokes sensations and recollections and produces conclusions in the listener’s mind. Abstract conclusions are like headlines or tags. When you hear only a tag, you comprehend nothing. But when you feel sensations, you are ready to understand.