Capture a creature

Today’s blog post at Writing the Way Home includes a quote from Ted Hughes’ book Poetry in the Making.

[I]magine what you are writing about. See it and live it. Do not think it up laboriously, as if you were working out mental arithmetic. Just look at it, touch it, smell it, listen to it, turn yourselves into it. When you do this, the words look after themselves, like magic. … You will read back through what you have written and you will get a shock. You will have captured a spirit, a creature.

Note to self: Gotta read that book.
[added to Read! 2012-01-04]

About Kat

Cat lover, singer, early music addict, reads a lot. Former R&D chemist with an obsessive need for variety. Now active as a freelance technical writer and editor, web designer, photographer, computer coach, and trainer. Owner, MasterWork Consulting (
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