Silence is a Writer’s Friend.

Mother Teresa Silence quote
My quote today may seem somewhat one-sided when take at face value and purely at the word God. My being a Christian might even make you think of reasons I chose this verse today, but no.
I enjoy silence. Silence is one of my best friends. With the often times chattering mind of a person who has suffered a Grade 3 Concussion, by which I mean my brain does not stop for days at a time and keeps thinking and thinking without sleep, when I can find silence, I embrace it.

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”-Mother Teresa

You may look at this quote as Mother Teresa apparently intended it or you may take it a step further, as you may with a great many spiritual sayings and scripture. I’m taking it a step further for writers today.

Take a look at that last line. “We need silence to be able to touch souls.”


There are times when you are writing and chaos is around you. That chaos might end up in your writing of a scene that requires a delicate touch. In silence I am able to quietly and calmly sink myself into a character, become a character, and bring out the inner heart, the soul of that character.


I close my eyes and type. Errors in spelling don’t bother me at this point. I type what my mind sees and what my heart feels during this silence. Those moments where I am successful at this I have found to be the ones beta readers connect with most. Or readers of certain poems connect with.


We see a great deal of advice about listening to music while writing, and at times I do like to create a mood with a play list. But my most successful moments are when I listen to the silence in my heart and mind and simply type. Silence is my friend, and one of the best I have.


And that silence isn’t just for writing, it’s for life. We need that time to give our minds, our emotions, and our bodies an chance to rest and heal.
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Much Respect, Much Admiration, and Much Love

Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as

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24 thoughts on “Silence is a Writer’s Friend.

  1. “Silence is golden” as the Tremeloes sing.

    To have some peace and quiet is definitely vital for heart felt writing. I love the early morning hours for this. 🙂


  2. This is a marvelous post. I didn’t realize we share the same faith, so we are sister and brother In Christ; and I didn’t know about Grade 3 Concussion–which sounds horrendous, for all that chatter (my mind chatter is not identical to yours, as I do sleep–but I don’t often feel my conscious mind at rest). To feel my heart resting in the Lord is a blissful comfort, and I suppose much of my writing must have seeds there–perhaps those are the poetry works that do touch another’s soul; I’m not very aware of it all. God bless you most abundantly.


  3. I wonder if I have ever experienced true silence, it is that rare a gift. For even what I think of as silence is interrupted by the white noise hum of unsettled air shifted by my presence. 😊 or maybe I just suffer from tinnitus …😕


  4. Well said. A great reminder for those whose heads swirl with words. As Thomas Merton wrote: “Silence makes us whole if we let it. Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.”

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