Dealing with the Unspoken

[Thornton] Wilder taught me that what a writer deals with is the unspoken, what people see or sense in silence. (from Sol Stein in “Stein on Writing”–Chapter One)

The other day I went to the grocery store for my wife. She’d given me a list of items to purchase and I immediately set it down on the counter. Later she left for school, and in the other car I left for the store. Having forgotten the list I ran back to the house, grabbed the paper off the counter, and started back to the store. As I walked into the store I retrieved the list from my pocket and glanced at it. It was a shopping list, but not for the grocery, but for a few items needed from the drugstore. I’d picked up the wrong list.  Continue reading