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Taking Notes


"Words Are Brush Strokes"

Since I was young I have been fascinated by how individual brush strokes in a painting work together to change the overall impression. I first noticed this in my grandfather's study where was hung a portrait of my uncle, who died in a fire before I was born. I knew very little of his life, but as I learned more, it was as though brush strokes were added. 

Since then I have thought of words as brush strokes; this may not be a novel concept, but it has helped me better understand how writing is art. I like to think of myself as an impressionist author. I fuss over words and phrases, their hues and tones need to rhyme, and when you stand farther back, you see something different than when you are up close...

Mark Schoenhals: Husband, Father, Pastor, Author

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