Learning through writing

Sometimes, when I open my laptop or notebook in preparation write, I am yet to conceive of an idea. In such instances, I do not become a prisoner of my own expectations. In such moments, I allow my hands to take over. My mind moves quickly, my imagination flows, and I type what comes to mind with little censorship. Of course, the outcome is often a tainted piece of writing from perspective of grammar, spelling, expression and so on. However, through using this method, I often discover hidden parts of myself. Sometimes unsurprising phrases find themselves onto the page. My imagination runs wild, and although I generally fail to fairly encapsulate it in words, I am taken on a journey that I would have missed had I been obsessing about following a ‘plan’. Granted, planning can be worthwhile. But in a world so geared toward the future, I very much enjoy these moments where I am so very present.

I use this blog to write such pieces – quick, unedited, and often grammatically unsound. A lot of my work outside this blog involves polished written work. Through practising this uninhibited writing style, I learn from myself. I learn not to be caught up in expectation about a finished product. Subsequently, I relieve myself of any internal (or external) pressure, and avoid disappointment. I am taught about the power of thinking in the present moment, how our imaginations can grow and take us in non-linear directions – if we give it space. I understand how the surrounding environment inspires and even creates my ideas and my thinking. When I feel blank, and nonetheless take some time to write, I invariably see, hear, or feel something belonging to the external environment which stirs a sense of curiosity within me. I learn to be here and now. I feel rich – the process of writing has taught me so much, and I am excited to continue to enjoy the journey. 🙂

What have you learnt through writing?

6 thoughts on “Learning through writing

  1. Very interesting to read that you write quickly, don’t edit, or use proper grammar. Seems to me like you do. You’re a good writer. Personally, if you care to know, when writing a subjective post about your writing, I’d write a little more candid. Use abbreviations, cut out superfluous words, shit like that. It helps readers relate. I want to read from an author, not a robot. Not to say it’s not good. It’s well-written, concise, and interesting. It just sounds a bit forced to me. Sorry for offering unsolicited advice (which I should probably practise more than I do) but I feel it may help. Feel free to ignore me!

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    1. No need to apologise, I appreciate the advice and feedback. It’s helpful – if not for this project, but for other prospective writing projects too, that might be more ‘audience focused’. I do find that I struggle with colloquial English in general. Your comment reminds me of someone who I met via an online dating app, and who decided that they didn’t want to meet up because I sounded ‘fake’ and ’too measured’. This was quite interesting to me, and in my opinion uncalled for – but I nonetheless understood and was intrigued by this judgement! My friends who know me both in person and via social media make similar comments about my language! I wonder whether it is because of my education, or upbringing (English is both parents’ second language). Probably a combo of both! I make a conscious effort to be accessibly in my spoken language, I guess this hasn’t followed through yet to my writing.

      Tl;dr – I could certainly do with utilising a little more slang/less formal sentence structure & words! Thanks 😉 ….

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      1. I completely understand. My friends also think I’m a tad off because all of my text messages are very properly constructed. I pontificate when I speak vocally. The only difference is my prose writing. I try to write at a middle school reading level since most American adults can only read at a 5th grade level. It’s all about the audience connection, I’ve learned. My first attempts at writing were always college graduate level since I’m an obsessive autodidact. I never had a formal, university education at all. I was so proud until I realised, oh shit, nobody understands a fucking word I wrote. My old bandmate said he had to use a dictionary to learn what the songs I wrote were about because he couldn’t talk to our fans about them. The Tinder thing I understand too. I’ve had a few women ask me for proof that I was, in fact, a 26 year-old man covered from head to face to toe in tattoos. It’s a shame we have to kind of dumb it down but our readers pay the bills. Unless you don’t care to make a career out of writing. I’m very glad you appreciate my feedback! And as far as English being your second language, you speak it better than most Americans can. I have no fucking clue what my friends are talking about. Ever.

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      2. “oh shit, nobody understands a fucking word I wrote” hahaha… So good. It is something to be proud of, though, and awesome in many ways. Ha, classic re the tinder thing.
        To clarify, English is my parents’ second language, not mine. My first language is English, I just wonder if it is particularly formal as my parents have such structured ways of saying things. I live in Australia, and certainly have similar experiences here. Particularly insofar as understanding the funny phrases / colloquialisms that Australians tend to use…. Difficult to understand, and often problematic in many ways – e.g. ‘she’ll be right, mate!’. Words, gotta love them! And I have no idea about what I’ll be making my career out of – it is an ongoing existential question – but it will likely involve writing/communication in one way or another, so it is always useful to improve 🙂

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  2. Ironically, I used the word ‘nonetheless’ in my response to you….. I’ve gotta chill the fuck out… 😉
    There we go…

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