What do Writers Write aboutAbout what do writers write?
Apparently these tales are not superficial. However, the major cause of my confusion - a slight confusion; I really had little to do with it, or so I thought at the beginning - was his unwillingness to deal with issues raised to him by Rehm and his audience.
At first Rehm asked him about his own mom, and he said that his mom had now passed away, that his dad had passed away much sooner, and that for most of his infancy the whole familiy was his mom, himself and his younger bro, who also passed away - possibly, which he declined to betray, even if he was pushed to the point.
At some point during this part of the conversation he said, not in answer to a query, please don't think these tales are autobiographic; my relationships with my mom weren't like that at all. The attempt to divide the tales as tales - in other words, as oral constructs - and the living experiences of the individual who has written them was stepped up when it came to reacting to a call.
All were ardent fans, but what they wanted to discuss and what he didn't want to discuss at all was the consolation his work gave them. You called to tell him how much he had been helping him, and you were hoping that the connection they had established with him in the long run would deepen when they talked to him personally (so to speak) and shared their tales with him.
These were tales of malfunctional homes, mostly Irishmen, and they were full of the pains caused by denial, alienation and (often) drink. Rehm tried to do what he could not or would not do for him. One of the callers asked (and her voice accepted an assertive response) if authoring these tales was a way to deal with the death of his family.
It is not that, "it is not therapy", he answered, and went on to declare that the relief of mourning, his or someone else's, is not what the letter seeks. Lettering takes advantage of sorrow because it takes advantage of everything. It is all good when a readership feel comfort or consolation, but it is not what it is about.
The aim of the letter is to design and incorporate phrases into clauses and to incorporate the clauses into argument and narrative. Rehm and her audience proposed a reason for the action that did not meet their requirements, a reason that could take the shape of an outside justification: I' m writein' to make you feeling better, or I' m writin' to make the whole wide thing a better place.
He said I wrote because I felt I had to make things out of words. Obviously, the words relate to occurrences in the realm, even those I have lived or lived, but locating the value of Scripture, either in its effect or in the truthfulness it reaches, is to seize the false end of the cane.
When you have found something you really like to do - say, make nice phrases - not because of the possible benefit to the rest of the planet to do it, but because it gives you the pleasure and the feeling of integrity that nothing else can, then do it at the highest levels of achievement you are able to do and let the rest of the rest of the world take care of their issues.
That is a lecture I taught earlier in these pillars when the topic was taught, and I believe it can be used on any projects that provide the main cause for its pursuit, the joy, an inner joy, of its own achievement. If your venture doesn't provide this enjoyment (perhaps among other things), you might want to reconsider your work.