Today I sent the latest version of my manuscript to my agent. At his suggestion he had encouraged me to tighten the manuscript. A polite way to say I needed to cut some of it out. He did give me one suggestion while I go went the process, and that was to remember that in music — the pauses (the space between) are just as important as the notes.
I reflected on this suggestion this morning. What is the quality of my pauses? We hear the term “His silence speaks mouthfuls.” Or one of my new favorite’s “even his silences were strong.” (Look for it in my book.) When my mother got really quiet, I knew I was in trouble. We communicate in what we say, and often in what we don’t say.
I need to work on the quality of my silence.