if we don’t write about nature, Tina Welling demonstrates, nature
triggers our stories. This is because “everything we know about
creating, we know intuitively from the natural world.”
One can set the stage for creation by following these three steps:
consciously naming the information gathered by the senses, describing
the sensory details of one particular object, and interacting with the
energy system of the universe.
Welling discovered the last step while hiking and observing an
intricate spiderweb shimmering in sunlight. Spiderwebs, she notes, are
both “wondrous and ordinary” — ordinary in that they
are made of chewed-up insects, yet wondrous in their intricacy.
writers how to make this kind of connection between the
everyday and the hidden, worthy-of-attention beauty all around us.
She makes the process of developing a fruitful relationship with
wildness inside and out accessible to all writers and insight seekers.
Forming a Creative Partnership with Nature
by Tina Welling
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