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?