Writing and Moving: Possibilities of Change

Here’s what David Grossman, author of Her Body Knows, says about writing: “Writers know that when we write, we feel the world move; it is flexible, crammed with possibilities…

“When I write, even now, the world is not closing in on me, and it does not grow ever so narrow: it also makes gestures of opening up toward a future prospect.”

Any writer will relate to that. While writing, all things are possible. Writing offers an altered stated of consciousness that is pleasurable in itself.

Athletes know that the same is true for movement. Athletes know that when we move, “we feel the world move; it is flexible, crammed with possibilities… ”

When we move, “the world makes gestures of opening up toward a future prospect.”

Grossman’s quote was from the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, which he delivered at PEN’s World Voices Festival on April 29, 2007. It was adapted for the New York Times Magazine (May 13, 2007) as “Writing in the Dark.”

I haven’t read Her Body Knows yet, but I have to wonder what Grossman knows. Has he noticed the similarity between writing and movement: how both transport us to a place where all things are possible?

Have you?

Mariah Burton Nelson
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
MNelson@aahperd.org

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