Fruitflesh: Identifying Marks

I woke up this morning thinking about voice and about a movie I enjoyed last night.  On Fridays, Sister #1 and I often meet at a local “art theatre” where out-of-the-mainstream movies appear.  Peace, Love and Misunderstanding with Jane Fonda is destined to become a cult film inspired by the 1960’s.  In the movie, Jane is outspoken in sharing the life her character leads.  As a person in life, Jane Fonda is a woman who fearlessly shared her voice even when it angered the world.  At seventy or more, she shows that women can still be active, viable, and unashamed. 

I looked in the book Fruitflesh: Seed of Inspiration for Woman who Write to see if there was an exercise on voice.  See past posts at Fruitflesh and Fruitflesh: Scent Exercises 
Nothing titled specifically as Voice, but I realized that the act of writing is giving Voice to ones thoughts.  

The book exercise I’ve chosen is titled ‘Identifying Marks’.   It begins with a beautiful quote by Thoreau comparing life to an apple tree.  Then the author, Gayle Brandeis, goes on “Life leaves its mark on us.  Every scar that puckers on our skin, every stretch mark, every wrinkle, every freckle tells a story of who we are and where we’ve been”.  The exercise asks the reader/writer to tell stories about the marks, tell about the patterns they create (constellations of freckles, crinkle of wrinkles, lightening streaks of stretch marks), write about how they got there and what you’ve learned.  It is an exercise about your unique physical identity. 

As I think about Voice, human utterances, there is the physical sound of one’s voice and how the face muscles move when talking, singing, moaning, crying.  Are spoken words loud or soft, articulate or garbled?  Have you every felt voiceless?  Or been shushed?

The voice inside wants freedom.


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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7 Responses to Fruitflesh: Identifying Marks

  1. marilynscottwaters says:

    I am learning more now about speaking up, in a nice way, of course. It’s hard to ask for what you need but it get’s easier. Being a mom has sped up the process, especially after spending three hours waiting mutely at the doctor’s office when the boy was small and he had an asthma attack. We ended up in the ER. After that day, I became a mother bear and have no qualms about saying, “we need to be seen NOW.”

  2. robin says:

    Beautiful entry, Linda. What a shift to express gratitude to our bodies for carrying us through life with all its pain and challenges, love, grief, and triumphs, instead of ridiculing the scars and stretch marks and age spots that show us and the world that we have LIVED!

  3. Beautiful post! 🙂

    There have been moments in my life where I’ve felt “shushed” and I think that’s why I speak so loudly now.

  4. catherine says:

    I love your voice inside..Let that inner voice soar above the sky, free and unbound!

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