Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Train

I once heard a poet describe inspiration as a freight train bearing down on them as it roared across the land.  If they didn't catch it, write it down, the story barreled on and was lost. 

If we don't tell our stories we lose them.  No else will see the freight train as we do. No one else can catch it and tell the story like us.  Don't let your story get lost in your silence.

17 comments:

  1. That is a spectacular analogy. I feel like I've lost so many (what seemed like) great ideas that way...

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  2. Oh how true, Sara! Those fleeting ideas in the middle of the night, at the grocery store, as I am driving--anywhere that I don't have a pencil--rarely recur.

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  3. Wow. Never thought of it like that. Excellent post.

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  4. Nice observation. Especially since I worked on freight trains 30 years ago. Nicely done.

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  5. Yes! I'm always worried about losing ideas if I don't scribble them down.

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  6. Love your short posts. Very thought-provoking.

    Writer In Transit

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  7. If I don't have time to write down the whole story, I try to at least jot down the gist of the idea somewhere for me to refer back to in the future.

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  8. Totally agree with this! Sometimes I get this desperate feeling that I am not telling all the stories I want to tell quickly enough! It's almost a frantic feeling of not knowing which one to tell first, sometimes.

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  9. Nice analogy--I can relate to this feeling at times.

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  10. Great point and powerful picture you painted! I should do better with writing down ideas. Maybe I'll carry a notepad with me, so I won't lose potential stories. :)

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  11. I love trains, and I love your analogy. Thanks for the inspiration, Sara.

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  12. Every time I don't write an idea down because I think I'll remember it, I always forget it!! When will I learn??????

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  13. I better start lifting done literary weights if I'm going to catch a train.

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