As I was reading this morning, it occurred to me that words of things familiar enhance my connection to the visions of an author. As with real vision, familiar words make me not only visualize a place or time, but feel it, even smell it. I connect completely.
The words that rooted me to my epiphany were “must be the Presbyterian Church.” Immediately a stone church appeared. As did the street it was on and the people around it. Not in it, but around it. My visual experience was complete and explicit.
The moment captivated me. Present realities went out of focus. I saw the place the words took me, an experience pleasant and pleasurable. In spite of some less than positive encounters with The Presbyterian Church, those most affirming triumphed. I felt comfort.
This experience with words of things familiar suggests that my writings should not ignore using them. Recognizing familiarity has the power to connect reader and writer through the power of imagination. Apparently, it is not exclusively authors who experience writing prompts.