Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Sacred Glory of Writing

The Sacred Glory of Writing

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
- John Steinbeck

I for one, follow Steinbeck's advice quite religiously. Which is why my blog is laden with so many word omissions, repetitions, spelling and grammar mistakes! Writing is a process of letting go, an outpouring of thoughts and emotions. Only when you let yourself write freely will you find your true voice. Write first. Edit later. That way, you are never blocked.

I try not to labour my blog entries too much. It has to be spontaneous and raw. Like musicians jamming. To overwork a blog is to turn it into serious journalism, which was never been my intention in first place. All I want to do is to deposit my thoughts, passions and ideas in writing and set them free in cyberspace. Once my thoughts have been released, I am able to see more clearly the driving impulses behind their birth, the meaning behind their subtle nuances and the weight of their consequences.

Writing is cathartic, of course. Especially if your writing stems from the inner recesses of your soul. When you write, you become the bridge between vision and reality. Writing is an act of creation and maybe even the most enduring way of leaving one's mark in the world.

When you write, you sow seeds. If the seeds are strong, they will germinate in someone's mind. You don't need to worry whether the seeds would grow or not; the true potential of a seed is already there in its DNA during its moment of conception. It just needs to find the right soil and environment to sprout into a colossal of a plant.

It is that magical moment of conception, that brief flicker of a second when the nib puts a mark on the surface of the paper, a universe is created anew. And when writers write, they, like God, become creators and in doing so, they raise themselves to the level of Godhood.

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