Writers, spiders, and why silence wins

It’s hard to argue with silence. It’s what takes over in elevators and locker rooms when we have nothing to say. It’s where I go if I can’t find what I’m looking for, if nothing comes out when I turn the handle.

The house is dark when I wake and I like to keep it that way. You can pick up the small sounds, make your own theater.

Today, I opened the laptop to a field of white, and had to close it, sink into the transition of light, confer with silence, then return.

Carlos Castaneda’s character Don Juan talks about the hunter, how he must have infinite patience to wait.

I’ve likened writers to spiders, how we hide in the rafters, preying on the unsuspecting, covering them with spit. (The analogy has legs if you want to carry it further.)

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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6 Responses to Writers, spiders, and why silence wins

  1. “The analogy has legs” – oh, wow, that hurt my brain.
    I have been experiencing some writing silence over the last few days. Hoping to spit tomorrow….just waiting…


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  3. Liz Gray says:

    I just love your blog so much! My favorite thing about writing? You can write TRUE FACTS about folks you see and know, blend or puree them, and then print it as fiction. Yes, we spiders have legs….long ones! Keep writing!


  4. I never run out of things to say….Chatty Spider? But for sure, I do like to “hang around” like a spider, watching for action! Get very excited at a fly-by. Snatch.


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