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11 February 2007 @ 11:19 pm
On Rilke and writing  
There is no concrete way to mark the universal method of balancing taking criticism wisely and being true to one's inner voice as a writer. It is a subjective art in all in own, and much in the same manner of determining pornography from erotica, one must know where the line must be drawn. Ultimately, and ironically, this requires a degree of listening to one's own heart, though one could argue that he or she could benefit from a leap of faith on a trusted friend's advice. It still requires subjective judgement to decide when to leap, though.

Writing from the heart is to venture into wild territory, unfettered by the trappings of convention. With this comes risk and the potential for great gain. Often one risks an extreme reaction: few will feel moderately by a work that delves deeply into the most personal, eccentric aspects of one's heart. In this a degree of finess with words is required: when one dispenses with the time-honored cliches of description, one has to describe things of his or her own accord with the accuracy of the greats to get the same message across.

Writing from one's own heart can be incredibly rewarding. I have had people say I have described situations with such accuracy they have never yet encountered. Truly, it is worth the risk for the incredible gains that come.

[As most people did not make their own post, I may make a direct reply to the comments in Professor Cowger's post if I see an entry I want to discuss.]
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