Words of a Feather

by By Melissa Garrison

This past week, I received a message from a friend… “I didn’t know you were a columnist?

That is so exciting..I’ve always wanted to do that!” As I read those words, as I always feel when someone asks about my writing, I get a little nervous inside.

Writing is one of those things, where the words come out of my head and not into the air.

When I think of a topic, and I write about it, that thought comes to life. Make sense? It isn’t a discussion, just a one way conversation with myself, that I’m presenting to you.So when I know that you have read what I’ve thought, I get a little weird.

Do you know how many talented writers there are in the world? And where would we be without them. The sad, the horror, the suspense, the real , the made up, all of it comes from someone’s words and thoughts written down. And to me. It isn’t a job or a talent, it’s just about what you do with your imagination.

The pen is the tongue of our mind, as Miguel de Cervantes said. And where does inspiration come from? Everywhere. The past, the present, the future and everything in between.

A dream, a fear, a hurt, a journey…all of it becomes words to a writer. The strangest things, such as, I’ll be at work and someone will tell me about our litter problem here in Clay County.

I’ll think about it and then a story comes. Or maybe I have a memory and I need it to be in words, so that memory can become vivid. Anyway, my mind is my lab, my workshop, my escape.

I spend time thinking and wondering and imagining. And that is how articles are written. That’s why each writer is so different. Some are bold and some are less bold. Some are loud, some are quiet. Some bring a huge imagination some write only real life stuff.

All of it works. I love to write and I hope you enjoy reading. I love reading as well. I love speaking to people in our area without having to speak with my mouth.

I’ll write my thoughts and hope you enjoy them. Happy Valentine’s Day y’all…. I’m getting a Valentines grandbaby so I’ll have plenty more to write about soon!

“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.” - Paula Danzigar