When one thinks of anatomy we think in terms of the physiological aspects of the human body, or the bare bones or foundation on which anything can be created and established. But what about the anatomy of a great writer? I’m not a doctor but was pretty good in Biology. So these analogies should prove to be quite interesting as writers are often the ETs of the human body.
So let’s take it from the top.
Head. It would be misleading to say that a great writer’s mind is full of lofty intellectual thoughts that supercede all manner of men. And to some degree there may be a sorta kinda but not really truth in that. Imagine the side effects of ever changing thoughts as described by Mary Shelley. You know, the author of Frankenstein. Who conceded that “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” So great authors must sit on the edge of insanity dealing with the pain of creating something from nothing. Or breathing life into a thought from a jot. Trying to change a blank page into a masterpiece. It is hard work and so self-intimidating. Yet amidst all of this chaos Howard Sounes writes, “I do believe it takes a strong dose of alienation to make a good artist or writer in the modern world. You can’t be too well-adjusted and still have anything interesting to say.”
Neck. A great writer’s neck is often creased. They are either reading a book, bent over a keyboard, or twisted in some southerly direction while copying their, sometimes, unlegible notes from paper to computer. Let us not forget the thieving techniques writers use while standing in any line to eavesdrop, about anything that will give them the idea for that next book. Or giving a double-take as the police leave their favorite coffee shop, with someone in handcuffs, while waiting for a latte. Contorting that neck just enough to hear workers quietly whispering, “I told you something was shady about him.”
…their heart is still in the craft.
Heart. The heart of a great writer is too complex and vast to define in simple terms. From observation I can say that a great writer’s heart is reflected in all of their books. In the central core of their heart lies the desire to place a piece of themselves intricately in between those pages sealing their immortality. No matter the level of notoriety, their heart is still in the craft. I believe Alice Walker describes a writer’s heart through her eyes with such precision. “A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world.”
Tune in for the conclusion next week. Until then keep pecking those darn keys!
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