Writing as Cloud Painting

Cumulonimbus clouds near Wyoming in Stark County 5/30/03
Cumulonimbus clouds near Wyoming in Stark County 5/30/03 http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/swop/swoppictures.php

Have you been cloud gazing lately?

Have you noticed that when you share the sky with someone else, you see more? Someone points to a catch: “There’s a crocodile! See? There’s the open mouth with the teeth, and the tail curves back around over there.”

Once you’ve been lead to see it, you can’t stop seeing it. It’s like great technical writing, the way each systematic description transfers one personal viewpoint to the whole group.

Sometimes the same cloud is reshaped like clay as it roils across the sky. Creative revision is like that.

Invite someone to play in your writing sky, and see what you can paint in the clouds together.

Text © Gwyn Nichols 2010

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