What is it with trust, anyway? If you type it into Google you get an entry on trust law which is of course a system designed to address a situation when trust has been broken. Under that, you find a Wikipedia entry which first defines trust as “reliance on another person or entity” and then immediately thereafter defines misplaced trust. Third is a reference to a movie called Trust which is clearly about someone who does not deserve trust.
How sad that the concept of trust is so ephemeral that it is defined more by its absence or betrayal than by its nature.
Those of us who were taught that asking personal questions is rude have to get over that scruple if they are to become writers. While I do believe that writers write best about what they know, the best writers are surely the ones who can reach outside themselves and learn to write the lives of people they will never meet.
So why not ask? What was the most important thing that ever happened to you? How did it make you feel? When in your life have you felt most loved? What were you doing at the loneliest time of your life? What human characteristic scares you the most? Why?
Has anyone ever succeeded at capturing the blue blackness of the sky just when the sun disappears? Maybe you can’t convey it; maybe you can only experience it. There is a depth to that color that gets lost in the flatness of a photo or even in a painting.
It is interesting to consider that there are some experiences that can be conveyed from one person’s brain to another by art or by speaking or by writing and some that can only be passed between human beings by music. Then there are times when two people are in the same place at the same time, view the same event and yet have two such widely divergent experiences that no medium will suffice to convey their separate understandings.