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The Art Of Squeezing

The Art of Squeezing?

With all the conversations flying around these days thanks to Donald Trump, it’s entirely possible that this blog post title will put you off reading more. No, it’s not naughty. Neither is it about making lemonade, I promise. If you do want to read about lemons, you’ll find the juice here.

This story might show what I’m writing about.

In 1819, a blind soldier named James Holman, was invalided out of the British Navy.
His reaction? He promptly set out to “see” the world. He traveled alone, except for one brief stint with a deaf man. James spoke none of the languages he encountered, and moved about by public transit. When he returned to England, he published several travel books about his adventures. He wrote that he “rarely felt he missed anything because of his blindness.”
When people would notice his condition, they would invite him to “squeeze things,” as a way of perceiving them.
“And this is what the contemporary travel writer may have to do,” wrote Anatole Broyard in his essay about Holman. “He may have to squeeze places until they yield something, anything.”

From Terry Hershey via The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred

The Art Of Squeezing

While Anatole Broyard is talking about travel writing, I do believe that this applies to any writing. I often have experiences that I believe that I must write about. I want to express my deepest feelings about these experiences. But I seem to choke on getting those emotions out the way I really feel them.

I have to learn the art of squeezing the emotions out of those experiences. To express these feelings just the way I experienced them. That takes skill. It needs me to be daring. It requires me to be more accepting of uncomfortable feelings and share them in my writing.

I’d love to know how far you are with getting this art right.

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Image of lemon press via Shutterstock

3 Comments

  1. Esha Dutta Esha Dutta October 21, 2016

    This one spoke to me, Corinne! I’ve been trying to do this for a while now, not sure how far I’ve been able to get. As of now, I’m trying to be regular in posting. But I do agree, that last paragraph pretty much sums up all that I think is really important for any writer. Still struggling as a blogger, so not sure how far I’m getting it right. I am soaking up everybody else’s writing at the moment because everyone seems to be so much better than I am. Long way to go for me…

  2. Alana Alana October 21, 2016

    I am not that good in expressing any kind of emotion in my writing, even in private rants. I once wrote a rough first draft of my memoir in a Camp NaNoWriMo, and, when I went back to it, I found it was about as interesting as a shopping list. Why? Little emotion. Maybe that is why I am more comfortable with non fiction (you rarely, if ever, find fiction on my site). Putting yourself out there online was a stretch for me to begin with. Talking about my emotions would be another stretch, one that frightens me, meaning I should try it.

  3. Ami Ami October 20, 2016

    You got that one right…get out of your comfort zone, get into the groove, accept the uncomfortable and write it away. I think you are getting that right 😀

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