Seeking Out the Unremarked

        

 Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

                                     Albert Szent-Gyorgyi


                                                                                                                            © Tracy Abell 2011       

Szent-Gyorgyi was a physiologist credited with discovering Vitamin C,

but this quotation gets to the heart of what it means to be a writer, too.
In fact, when reading it I immediately thought of something Marilynne Robinson told me (paraphrased):
 
Most experiences are unremarked.  The tendency in writing is to focus on the already evaluated
and already delineated. Instead, as a writer, aspire to bring to the forefront the unobserved.
 
Every story has already been told; it’s the telling that makes each different.
 
                

7 thoughts on “Seeking Out the Unremarked

  1. Tall order, isn’t it? Sometimes overwhelming. But we’re storytellers at heart, and given enough time for deeper reflection, we’ll find our way in.

    (As an aside, I thought you’d like knowing that I’m interviewing the author & illustrator of “Hummingbirds: Fact and Folklore from the Americas” in the Author’s Tent later this week (likely on Thursday, but maybe tomorrow, if I can pull everything together). In an answer to one question, the illustrator says she has “bird brain.” 🙂 The publisher gave me five (5!) copies for a contest giveaway, so be sure to stop by.

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