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Making Meaning

Cheryl's Musings: Making Meaning

Cheryl's Musings

How to Thrive on the Writer's Road


Making Meaning

I think that the best writers are philosophers.

I love a great story--plotting, in fact, is one of my favorite pasttimes--but plot alone isn't enough. The books that catch me and keep me are the ones that tackle life's bigger questions and try to make sense of them. Take City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Rereading it, I stumbled upon a wonderful line: If there was anything Clarey was learning from all of this, it was how easily you could lose everything that was ever important to you. (That's it, approximately--I don't have the book in front of me). It's not enough build great worlds, engaging plots, and believable characters. We need to draw insights from the resulting soup called story.

Whenever I'm facing one of life's inevitable ups and downs, I try to make sense of them. I try to answer those impossible questions...Do pet rats and mice go to heaven? Why does your best friend develop a brain tumor? How do you survive the loss of a loved one, a parent, a child?

There aren't formulaic answers (except about the pets question). I'd be cheating if I said there were. But when I write, I figure out a little bit about myself and the world. And I hope to help someone else out there figure those things out, too.

:) Cheryl

PS--For praying types, please send up a prayer for my best friend, Amy, who's having that brain tumor removed soon. We love you, girl!

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At July 7, 2008 at 9:26 PM , Blogger The Once said...

OMG. That's terrible! Horrendous! Awful! Ackkk! I'm sorrie... Awww... I really hope going to be okay. Good luck. :) (On a side note: Are you (Robin) going to Summer Fantasy Camps? I'm going to call you tomorrow about it... Yes, I agree, I am very terrible for changing the subject like that but I had to ask. Really, I'm sorrie...:( Sorrie..

At July 8, 2008 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

Hey ZCGGGASG :) Sorry, I didn't mean to dump terrible and awful on you. It's more that everyone has stuff like this in their lives--and writing helps. As for R, I don't think so. Gimme a call. ~C

At July 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. I will pray for grace and hope and strength, for her and everyone around her. Take care.


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