Theme? Writing and Life is what comes to me... how to balance the writing life with the other tugs you may have...
The ABCDEaria of the Writing Life -
E is for Elegance
What the heck does elegance have to do with it? Elegance is more than just optics - when we strive for elegance we naturally assume balance - being balanced is elegant, no? Elegance is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary thusly:
- a. Refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.b. Tasteful opulence in form, decoration, or presentation.
- a. Restraint and grace of style.b. Scientific exactness and precision.What a crazy word it is - how can it be both restrained and opulent? Precise and beautiful? When we come up with an elegant solution to a problem we feel it. It is when we are in the zone - zooming down a hill on our skis we don't have anything flailing - we look beautiful when we do things economically and correctly - why is that? The study of beauty is something that I could write about for books and books but I do know that if I think about the balance in my life I know that I must conserve energy - I must practice restraint and try for exactitude. Elegance is a simple brush stroke, the right word, the look that heals, the touch that says so much without too much.