Friday, September 19, 2008

spelling out your soul.

interesting now that i'm making time to blog, and learning to let the words flow again.. i don't feel as if i carry certain burdens.

blogging is definitely cathartic for me, especially when i'm not trying to prove anything. just pure, unbridled passion when it comes to putting words together.

sometimes you blog to communicate an idea or message. this is not one of those times.. it's just pure, unbridled hurling of language, broadcasting, publishing, remembering how to live

it's all a bit self indulging, i'll be the first to admit that. but this is more than just publishing, online reputation management, or whatever it is we blog for these days.

this is the self-indulgant side of the writer, not to whinge or unfairly criticise someone else to vindicate one's injustice.. this is the manic, fervent side of writing.. the part that doesn't really get filtered and you trust your instincts, skills and own character when you go straight from brain to screen.

this is how i started, and what i want to remember, to retain, or retrain that essence.. the character of the writer, the ideal of the auteur.. the paradox that in being so open with my thinking.. it's actually a barrier to other people.. because maybe only "i" truly understand what i'm typing.

being a good writer requires a certain kind of discipline and talent.. both of which i think can be cultivated. i see this excercise as developing that raw discipline and talent.. to start good habits, carve yourself a groove so that when you need to pull the skills out, you can. you don't have to wait for inspiration to hit you.. rather, you're always inspired.

the way your words flow, the pacing you use with punctuation, the tone based on what words you use and how your string them together.. language and writing is truly one of the conerstones of any culture, any clue that our humanity is more than cells, mitochondria, dna, hormones, chemical imbalances, subatomic particles.

the ghost in the shell.. as if it were from another world, keeping it all together..

17 comments:

Pat Law said...

This entry is beautiful beyond words. Honest, delicately structured and yet not deliberate. I don't think I have come across such prose in a while. Keep it flowing, mate. A good writer seek not to be relevant to all, but rather, understood by the relevant few. Write as you may, write as you can, don’t lose that last bit of you that is not governed by Society. You’ll be amazed at the power of genuine passion.

Anonymous said...

right there with you - unbridled, uninhibited writing works sometimes.

just letting it flow.

- Q

recalcitranz said...

uncannily coincidental that this post was about writing =)

here's the link to read about the upcoming Pan adventure in Yakushima. you're included in the story as of today =)

i couldn't find the Watchmen quote that you love, or else i would have incorporated it somehow =)

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dpj9mgx_32qxcdk2gx

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