turn the world upside down

[The writer] has to be the kind of man who turns the world upside down and says, lookit, it looks different, doesn’t it?

Morris West

I’ll never forget the experience of stopping at a lake in the Victorian highlands at sunset. It wasn’t that the sunset was that spectacular. The lake, too, was only moderately pretty. But when I lay down on a picnic table and looked at the landscape with my head tipped off the end of the table … wow. Suddenly I perceived the scene anew, I really saw it. And it was breath-taking, serene, and utterly vivid.

So I agree with Morris West (except for the writer being a ‘man’ of course!). This is what I want the words I shape into stories to do – to turn the dome of the world upside down and shake it so all the colours sparkle.

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