Writing is like Washing Dishes
The art of writing is smiliar to the act of washing dishes. The writer has to be the sponge - he or she must absorb water in order to get their job done. Water is the creative inspiration, without it the sponge is arid and useless. The dishes are the pages and the sink is the mind. Sometimes there are five dishes in the sink, other nights there are twenty-five. You obviously can't wash dishes without soap. Soap comes in a variety of colors, scents, textures etc. The soap is the magic - sometimes the bottle is full and sometimes you have to add water to the last drop in order to get another dish into the drying rack. The typewriter is the drying rack. And the warm air is the ink. Because the drying of clean dishes is a simple process all in itself. Once the pages are filled with ink they're moved to the folder. The folder is the cabinet, a familiar space for safe-keeping. A sink filled with dishes can eventually be a mind of ink-filled pages - scenes, characters, dialogue, drama, comedy, triumph, and tragedy. But a cabinet filled with clean dishes can be a folder filled with real stories. Don't just stare at the sink, get washing - even if you have to add some water to the last drop of soap.
May your cabinets never be empty, but always have space.
- Z. Franck