Go Where They Can Find You

I’ve been enchanted by this quote from A. A. Milne: “Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.” Winnie the Pooh, ever so whimsical and poetic, manages to capture the delicate process of letting inspiration find you.

Successful writers often advise a rigorous writing practice, but so far, I haven’t been able to force myself into it. That’s not how writing happens for me. Eventually, the words find me and I just have to write them down and let them loose on the world. It’s often late at night, and they itch at my fingers until I get out of bed and satisfy their incessant demands for publication. So if my words make you uncomfortable… you’re not alone. That’s how it started with me.

I also post sillier, more comfortable writing at  www.writercatdiaries.wordpress.com

Check it out if you like cats, writing, children’s books, and short narratives.



4 thoughts on “Go Where They Can Find You

  1. Chloe,

    Your academic statement moved me as did seeing you–brimming with ideas and accomplishments–at your wonderful graduation party. After I read your statement, I thought of Columbia University’s Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine. It felt like a possible fit for you in some important ways. I think one could definitely create a Hum while thinking about its potential for storytelling goodness and helping so very many people. Congratulations again, Chloe!

    -Ms. Gardner

  2. Your blog is awesome! Often I don’t relate to others’ accounts of bipolar, but yours is spot-on to what i experience. Glad you decided to participate in the blog for mental health challenge so i could find you.

    i’ve always wanted to try blogging about my mental illness, but i am written word challenged….

    1. Haha, and I’ve always been a natural at the written word. But I don’t think writing skillz are necessarily the most important part about blogging for mental health. Sharing your experience is what matters. Just something to consider…

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