Building the Bridge

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  The chasm is never completely bridged.  We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.  ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

As a writer, I can definitely vouch for the second part of this quote. I do have a lot to say, and not all of it makes it to the page. In many ways, this is a blessing. The Delete Key and the waste basket are two of a writer’s best friends. Though a first draft requires that I turn my inner editor off, the second, third and fourth drafts live for and with that inner editor, making the book better, honing the novel along with my craft.

The first part of this quote is also true. We all cringe at the distance between what we mean to say, and what comes onto the page. There is always more beauty in us than we can express, depths that we can not always reach. But we sit down at the computer anyway, and reach for the best within us. The chasm as Mr. Singer says may never be completely bridged. But that chasm is where the good stuff is. The effort to reach across it, to make my work better than it was yesterday, is part of the reason I stay in the chair. I hope by the end of my life to have built a better bridge between the beauty of a project as I see it in my mind, and the beauty that makes it onto the page. It is a bridge worth building, even if it is never finished.

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