The following quote comes from the book, Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank X. Tuoti.
I believe it speaks to writers, as it does to people on the spiritual path.
From Father William McNamara, “ Contemplation is a pure intuition of being born of love. It is a n experiential awareness of reality and a way of entering into immediate communion with reality. Reality? Why, that means people, trees, lakes, mountains. You can study things but unless you enter into this intuitive contact with them, you can only know about them, you don’t know them. To take a long loving look at something… a child.. .a glass of wine… a beautiful meal…this is the natural act of contemplation of loving admiration. … to be able to do that, there’s the rub. All through school we are taught to abstract, we are not taught loving awareness.”
Unlearning abstraction and learning loving awareness may be why Picasso said that to paint, he had to unlearn everything he had learned in school.