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A Word About Writing

Updated on August 12, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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it starts as a whisper

born in the subconscious,

in dreams more felt than known,

almost too soft to discern;

silken, like a spider's web

threading it's way

in mysterious patterns

wending toward surface.



sometimes they flower,

these minute threads,

in colors rampant with the music of

seas,

gleaming brightly,

as if basking fatly in sun's brightest hour

awaiting knowing eyes.


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014


I have been thinking lately of the role of the subconscious in the creative process. I am fascinated by that flow and the river's movement. I may be here for a while, exploring this in all the venues I write in.












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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Thank you Jill!

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Lady_E

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      I am there frequently manatita--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Thank you Nell!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Debby!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Michael-Milec!

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      Audrey Howitt 23 months ago from California

      Thank you Annart!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you AliciaC (Linda!!)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much vespawoolf!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you mdscoggins!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Catherine!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Au fail!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I think it does too Peggy! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Lee! I hope all is well in your writing world today!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Colin323

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Scarface!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzettenaples!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Iris!

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A fantastic piece of writing, amazing work , great to read. Thanks!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I believe you are right about the subconscious in our writing.

      Then, all of a sudden ideas take hold, and unfold.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am sure that our subconscious influences us in many interesting ways.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, lovely imagery!

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a beautiful description of the creative process. And it is subtle. We have to pay attention or it can fade away before ever producing anything.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Vicky!!

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      Debby Bruck 3 years ago

      Audrey - You have melded many metaphors and images very subtly to bring the subconscious sleeping mind into the sunlight. Blessings, Debby

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Scarface!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      What a lovely way to express thoughts creativity. In dreams more felt than known"--a beautiful phrase.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches! It was an interesting write for me--

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      The subconscious knows all -- but of course it controls us without saying why . . .

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      Michelle Scoggins 3 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Audrey you have something there about creativity being linked to the subconscious. They work hand in hand!! Have a good weekend and hope you find what you are looking for in your subconscious.

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Audrey, what a lovely way to convey that thought. The subconscious really is like water. I am the most creative when I do not dam up my mind and when I am unafraid to let ideas ebb and flow. The ones that ebb may come back later more fully fleshed, fresh and powerful. I am pleased to make your acquaintance and am inspired by your prose.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Audrey.

      Deep and approachable; you have enunciate the way every natural poet/writer could identify unequivocally ;- though for the lack of words I am not there yet.

      Voted beautiful and interesting.

      Have a blessed Sunday.

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      jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

      You really have a way with words! I do believe that creativity is an expression of the subconscious.

      Rated up and beautiful!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Valleypoet2!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Mel! I am in that flow as often as I can be--it helps!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I am completely convinced about the role of the subconscious in writing. I can't tell you how many story ideas I've gotten from dreams, and sometimes when I'm writing things just come out without thinking about them. Tendrils as you say. Great work.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      It truly starts like a whisper....I just wish my pen was always nearby to quickly write what I hear before I forget. Beautiful poem. Thanks. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Colin! So appreciate your visit and kind words!

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Yes, your first two lines succinctly capture the moment of writing conception.

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Short but sweet, very good I enjoyed your poem.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Another amazing write Audrey your work reminds me of nellieanna's own here on hubpages she's an awesome poet just like you.

      You should get an award for your great work , but in the mean time that doesn't matter as long as we can read and enjoy it :)

      God bless you always

      ~~~Shalom and Peace be unto you~~~

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you CitrangadaSharan! The subconscious is a fascinating place!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Btrbell!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautifullyu expressed and so very true! I have missed being on here and am so happy to read one of your poems! Up and awesome!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      That was spot on as we say over here! wonderful way of describing the writing process beginning to grow in our subconscious, wonderful!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Maria!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Gentle, graceful and lyrical, dear Audrey... thoughtfully expressed.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      As usual, Audrey, another great poem. "It starts as a whisper . . ." How true. I will be interested to see what poems come from this idea of the subconscious. I agree with your premise that our writings sometimes come from the subconscious. I believe they do sometimes. Our subconscious 'whispers' to us and we write it down. Brilliant!

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      Scarface1300 3 years ago

      Lovely expression and subtle with the representation you say it as I believe it happens a wonderful poem

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “…awaiting knowing eyes.” I loved this! I look forward to reading what you discover in your explorations, Audrey. Voted up and more, and sharing. :-)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Absolutely inspirational and as I read several thoughts already came to mind.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very interesting and very lovely, Audrey. Such beautiful imagery!

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Awesome poetry.

      About the subconscious. Yes, you could be there for a while (Lol)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love it when they flourish--like this one! You sure have a way with words, Audrey. I mean that.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Good to see you DDE! And thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is a beautiful expression of how ideas bourgeon and grow. It's up to us listen to these small stirrings in our minds and work on them with imagination. Amazing how the mind has all these ideas whizzing around!

      Lovely poem, Audrey.

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Faith Reaper!

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      Scarface1300 3 years ago

      Truly wonderful and inspiring write.

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      Valleypoet2 3 years ago

      A wonderfully creative piece about the creative process....beautiful as always :-))

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Another great post written with creative flair!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was a beautiful description of how an idea is spun! Lovely stuff!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed!

      An idea or two is always going on in the subconscious mind of a writer. By writing and expressing it acquires life.

      Very true and nicely expressed! Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You greatly expressed the true meaning of writing.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      a subliminal groupings of creative proses.. Audrey..simply amazing

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful and relatable as from where exactly does our creativity come!

      Excellent poem as always.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you MsDora!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      You put into words "whispers" that I may never learn to express. Great job!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you James-wolve!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Ruby!! Thank you for reading this one!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you AngeShearer!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Audry. I love the way you weave words that awaken the inner being.

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      Angie Shearer 3 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

      Wow and so very true...what an amazing way to describe the journey of a thought into something so much bigger and powerful x

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Homeplace Series!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Top notch!

      Beautifully written.

      Everything flowed very well and the imagery was a joy to read.

      A wonderful job.

      Voted up !

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      For sure. Thanks for sharing. Keep thinking... and see what happens next. ;-)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Bill--I am in an odd space in terms of writing right now--I think I will follow this thread out and see where it leads

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't have written it any better, Audrey. In fact, I couldn't have come even close to this. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hey Jamie! Thanks! How are you??

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I can tell you have been really pondering where these words come from, beautifully done Audrey. I also can relate. From a whisper to a wave! Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi John--thank you--I am in this space right now

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I can relate to this poem Audrey. Your words describe the subconscious process of writing perfectly.