The Art of Silence

February 2, 2018


Have you spent any time thinking lately? 


I'm not just talking about the thinking your have to do for school or your homework. I'm talking about deep thinking about life, about journeys, about possibilities -- the kind of thinking that sometimes is only possible in the hours after we go to bed at night, when everything is silent and we are left alone with our thoughts. 

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking, not writing on paper. All writing begins with thinking. Taking time to think is hard to do in a society where we are constantly moving, going, and filling our time up with meaningless activities.


This week, in the middle of a hectic schedule, I got sick and spent the day in bed with my thoughts. I came away with no less that three new story ideas, new insight on a few characters I've been struggling to get to know, and a renewed vision for writing. The ideas were there. I just needed to be quiet for awhile so I could hear them. What would happen if I took just 20 minutes to do this every week or every day? 


If we are to write, then we must take time to think. If we are to be writers, be must be thinkers first. When was the last time you allowed yourself to sit in silence for a few minutes? A time when it was just you and your thoughts? We don't practice the art of silence much today. That's our loss.

WRITING PROMPT: Take some time today to get away to a quiet place to think -- about your life, your hopes and dreams, your journey. Don't push the creativity to happen. Just let it come to you as your mind wanders. Don't even take a notebook with you. Just sit back and think. Listen. Understand. Dream. Resist the temptation to rush back to your notebook or computer to write it down. Hang out with your ideas and thoughts for awhile. Let them morph on their own. You just might discover something new to write about the next time you sit down at your computer. 





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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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