What questions shatter your sleep?

There was a time when the writer was king and she was one of the stars.But a young girl of twelve rarely has at her disposal a vocabulary worthy of expressing what she thinks and feels. ♦♦ For years she only bled when no one was watching. ♦♦♦ Somehow what I wanted writing to do for me, with me, wasn’t what I’d needed it to do when I was a dreamy (and troubled) young woman testing waters often a little dark for her to truly enter with her whole self.  ♦♦♦♦ Now, I write to the questions that shatter my sleep. ♦♦♦♦♦

Links above (in red) are quoted text.


Photo by Megan te Boekhorst on Unsplash

This combistory combines one sentence each from four articles and one art journal page from my travels online this week. Inviting you to read the pieces I found them in is the point of this word play. The authors of these five sentences, in order of placement, are:

Sian Phillips, speaking of the evolutionary theorist and screenwriter Elaine Morgan in the BBC series Hidden Heroines

Colette in an essay quoted by Maria Popova on brainpickings

Wen Redmond art journal page on Instagram

Theresa Kishkan in her recent blog post “I thought it meant something …”

Terry Tempest Williams, Why I Write, found here.

What questions shatter your sleep?

4 Responses to “What questions shatter your sleep?”

  1. Karen J. McLean

    This post is both a fascinating piece of word arrangement and a treasure trove of other interesting posts! Thank you so much for sharing this. ?

  2. Gwen Tuinman

    What a brilliant concept for collaging sentences of other writers. Beautiful!

    Last night I tossed and turned, trying to flesh out an aspect of my novel in progress. An unsolved issue like this is a sleep buster. Sometimes the writer is not king, but rather a servant to characters who become real and begin to dictate the story. It’s all part of birthing the work. So I embrace sleeplessness as an opportunity to discover and resolve while the house is quiet.

  3. commatologist

    Thanks, Gwen! I like the idea of treating sleeplessness as an opportunity.


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