WRITING TIP: Soul lives in the overlooked

freewritingLooking at old family snapshots, most poignant (after the faces) are those ordinary objects photographed by accident that were constant, intimate companions for a time, now passed — the things we gave no real thought to when using them, such as the mirror over the bathroom sink, our favorite cup, the back steps of the house we used to live in. We are immersed in the particular, even as planets spin and the universe expands. In your writing, it’s interesting to notice if you tend to focus only on what stands out as important or ideal and forget to fully appreciate the intimate soulfulness of the ordinary. What’s true in your writing is likely also true in your life.