Every walker should know and feel the rhythm of nature, and since every writer should also be a walker, he or she should fully use this mystical understanding as the foundation of the fantasy world she or he needs to construct his book into. And so the walker should take his or her steps into forests, on mountain paths and beside lakes to feel the seductive energy of the trees, the long grass of the meadows and fresh clear water; an intoxicating bouquet for the writer’s mind as she or he walks.
Thus the writer translates nature into words, and wanders, searching, though never aimlessly, words that are meant to be plucked from untouched wilderness.
Once, by the turquoise water at the Croatian coast, I sat on some rocks covered by the fragrant pines next to the Adriatic sea, towel around me after dipping into the water. I watched one, two then three and more people arrive to bathe too, in the sea, nude, in the way it is done in Croatia, and marveled at the trust of two women slipping out of their clothes nearby, oblivious to anything but their natural surroundings, and understood that I too, had to bare myself as a writer, to be honest in my graft.
must be felt
for words to have meaning
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