Writers are learners and harvesters.

Before I get into this post, I want to share the video which inspired this entry. If you haven’t seen Mister Rogers Remixed by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios, then you have been missing out. There is so much good stuff in this little three minute video!

Yes, Mister Rogers, I imagine things every day of my life. That’s why I’m a writer.

The first time I watched this, Mister Rogers describing our minds as gardens where ideas grow resonated with me. And my immediate thought was that as a writer, this exactly describes me. Ideas are growing in my mind all the time. And when I take those ideas and put them on paper and form them into a story, I am harvesting the ideas I grew in my own little personal garden.

Then I realized that this applies to so many other people. Artists, of course. Painters, sculptors, actors, singers, playwrights, screenwriters, lyricists, musicians. But also scientists, mathematicians, architects, video game designers, teachers, directors, inventors, software designers, engineers, researchers, fashion designers, hair stylists, doctors, cartoonists.

What a blessing it is to have such an amazing tool like our brains at our personal disposal!

I am so grateful that my garden is so active, and I will continue to learn to keep my garden healthy and vibrant!

What resonated with you as you watched the video?

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2 responses to Writers are learners and harvesters.


  1. Tiffany Page

    Love it. you are so awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Debra Erfert

    My garden grows best early in the morning just after I wake up–or almost wake up. I’ll let my mind wonder and drift like a rudderless boat. When an idea takes hold, I’ll feel the pull and let it carry me away. I’ve visualized whole books with this technique–solved plot problems–developed dialogue between characters, and discovered endings.

    I never knew Mister Rogers had such a good singing voice. 😀

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