There is a pattern emerging. I’m sweeping the kitchen. I do this often, but not at as often as it needs to be done. Suddenly, my mind wanders to writing not only what I know, but what everyone knows.
As repetitive as chores are, the messages of life that are written and rewritten remind me of a cycle. We are taught, we learn, we learn to teach, and by teaching we learn.
I know this because I write what you already may know, but in sharing it, I learn. The difference between you knowing and I knowing is only in the display of words I use to express that insight. The time I took to mentally simmer a simple thought, gives me the depth of flavor I need to fill a page with what you may have already been thinking and feeling.
Writers do this, they capture a moment, a phrase, a philosophical debate and create an in-depth look for the audience. This view can be personal and reflective, but also inclusive and encompassing. Do you call it art? Or do you call it life captured in a moment?
I believe the writer, can create both simply from what y’all already know.
-Erika K Rothwell