Observation, one of THE most powerful habits of a writer. I have learned to grow and nurture this habit through line drawings. As a beginning writer, I often found it challenging to move from thoughts to words. I needed a bridge. One day, decades ago, I took the plunge and began to follow the line of what I saw – children in my class, the basket of laundry, the plants in my home, the stone on the fireplace, the trees outside my window, the window. Sketching became the bridge between my swirling thoughts and the blank page. Sketching to see and think became not only a habit, but an essential part of my writing process.
I’ve been watching the hydrangea in my yard closely. Each day, I see newness. Each day, upon observation, I am witness to the change and because, sketching is part of my process, I preserve the ever changing hydrangea in my journal and I discover writing.
About a month ago, Amy Ellerman wrote a post where, “after spending an exorbitant amount time in a rocking chair watching a mother bird and her babies” she invites everyone to “seek out the magic happening in your own environment”. I am also inviting you to do the same. Try connecting to that magic with a line drawing or two, not make a beautiful picture, but rather to discover the magic before you and within you.