Writers Write!

The thing  about writing is that you have  to write. It’s strange to think that most people miss this point including myself.

If you want to get any body of work built up you (me) have to write something and rewrite to improve your (my) work?

Words are the Instruments of Thought.

I can think in my head how wonderful I am. But like all of us, I over estimate my own capabilities.

I find that putting the thoughts onto paper or a screen forces me to think through the ideas.

In black and white these thoughts are not as great as I had perceived.

Sometimes however the words are magical and rich. That’s why I write. That’s why we all must write. It slows you down. It allows you to clarify your thinking. Develop an authentic voice.

I Walk The Great Circle

My interests move from one thing to another seeking out meaning and stimulation. Reading, journaling, thinking, working – earning a “living” in a very conventional way. Forgetting and then remembering the activities that enthralled and raised one’s passion for life and the world.

I have returned to my writing after an extended absence. I hope to bring more here, soon.

Write in your native language be that English, Scots, American, etc.

We can get caught up in writing the Queen’s English or The President’s Argot, but why not be comfortable in the language of your locale.

I was dragged up speaking Scots.  Some say it’s a dialect of English but it has now, rightly in my opinion, been recognised as a language in its own right.

The words and phrases of my youth have a resonance different from the formality of this standard English. Fash, egjit, numptie, scunner, and a whole language more.

Go back to the patois or creole of your  childhood.

Let emotions rip.

This post was previously published on another blog of mine which is going dark.

The most important writing that you’ll ever do, no exceptions.

As a human being (whether a writer, beginner or experienced, or not) an essential form of writing exercise is to explore your own life. I don’t mean keep a journal or a diary but writing reflections on the past and pondering over the future and panicking about the present, but not as necessarily as regularly as daily or even weekly. Our lives are not often understood by ourselves let alone by others.

For the last 100 years or so, the developed world has been essentially literate, yet how much do we know of our ancestors. Ancestors who could have committed their thoughts to paper and would have reached out to future generations. How interesting that would be to read your grandmother’s thoughts or the impact of the WWI on your great grandfather. And you could leave your ideas to your children and grand children and to the future in general.

o    “I remember…”

o    “I’d love to …”

o    “Heck, how do I get out of…”

Not only is it a great exercise in writing but it is also a valuable resource for your family and culture. How much do we risk losing through unprinted digital photographs and unwritten ideas and experiences.

We owe it to ourselves to make sure our memories and ideas have a means of expression. It can also supply so many jump-off points for your writing. Your grandfather’s eccentricities, that old farmhouse they lived in or was it in some rotten tenement in a slum area of a big industrial city.

Lots of questions you could ask yourself…

o    What’s your first memory?

o    Who was your best friend? Childhood, youth, and adulthood.

o    What and where were or are your schools?

o    Who were your teachers? Do you remember their names?

o    What was/is your mother like?

o    What was/is your father like?

o    What do you feel about your siblings?

o    Where have you lived?

o    What type of housing?

o    What size of town? Did you like it?

o    Your favourite colour and why?

o    Your pets. Did you have any?

o    What food did you like when you were young? What do you like now?

o    What are your favourite games or pastimes?

o    When did you start to enjoy reading?

o    When did you start to enjoy writing?

o    What moves you?

o    What disgusts you?

o    What makes you feel good”?

You get the idea by now. Make up more questions to suite your intent and leanings. Examine your own life and how you impact others and they you. Understanding and insight can flow from these questions and your answers can surprise you.

When your gone you’ll have a legacy that can go beyond you, allow you to exist beyond your physical end, the real you not the DNA that pushed you to breed to its end.

This post was previously published on another blog of mine which is going dark.