Pebbles on the Beach
By Suzanne Young Cordatos
Are you a collector?
When on vacation, I find it impossible to resist bringing back a piece of the place. How better to preserve memories of special times, gatherings, food, music, and scenery than holding it, literally, in one’s hand?
Sometimes a “piece” means a cheap refrigerator magnet in the shape of the Mayflower, but often it means a literal piece picked off the ground. My husband is from Athens, Greece, and visits to his family always include a trip to the beach. The ubiquitous pebble beaches of Greece are a wonderful place to find packable treasures. Marble chunks smoothed by years in the Mediterranean Sea. The whitest pebbles, or the blackest. Pieces of blue and green bottles. Broken terracotta so smooth it seems like an ordinary pebble, but one that might have originated in some ancient past. Each pebble contains the power to bring back visions of my kids dancing in a village square, laughing and stumbling over the fancy Greek footwork.
In my writing, too, I am a collector. When I first began, I voraciously sought out “how-to” books. How to structure a story. How to bring believable characters or plots to life. How to build a platform. Then I realized: I was doing a lot more reading about writing than actually writing. Has this happened to you? We “feel” like writers, therefore we are? Nope. Not unless we are writing! Now, I prefer collecting books of words, unique thesaurus-style books filled with words relevant to whatever theme I am exploring barefoot at the moment.
I like the thought of gathering words barefoot. Fun! You are right about recording images at the moment. They are much stronger then.
Thank you, Linda...happy summer thoughts and sights and tastes collecting!Delete
Good words, as always! I look forward to your blog posts, because even though I "know" a lot of what you say to be true, the way you say it makes it stick in my head. Thanks for the post, esp. the part of collecting the sounds, smells, stings, of the moment.ReplyDelete
Your words made my day, Sonja! Amazing, the power of words, isn't it?Delete
Suzanne, great post and good reminder to always be on the outlook for what can be used in our writing. You're so right that we rarely remember specifics. Writing them down is important.ReplyDelete
Wonderful imagery of the pebble beaches of Greece.
I'm on my way homme tomorrow from a trip to visit my husband's family in Athens. Have you been there, Karen? Greece is a fantastic country to visit for unforgettable vacations!Delete