This year I am writing a novel.
I am starting this post with a question for me and for you. Is there a symbolic image that of you write?
My symbolic image is a coffee cup filled with strong black coffee. A white misty vapor is rising from the mug and breaking around a slightly used HB pencil perched across the mug’s rim. If I was to turn this into a scene I would talk about the HB pencil’s soft pink eraser which is scuffed from wear. This pencil and mug duo would be settled on the table beside a stack of three ring binders in various stages of narrative use. There would probably be novels some form of my favourite authors open of stacked close by. I would positioned at the head of that chaos with a quizzical expression on my face and glazed eyes as a storyline plays out in my head. Characters and scenes from their lives playing live screen behind my eyes.
So, do you have a symbolic image of why you write?
By Shari Marshall – 2021