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Writing by hand…

Writing by hand is laborious, and that is why typewriters were invented. But I believe that the labor has virtue, because of its very physicality. For one thing it involves flesh, blood and the thingness of pen and paper, those anchors that remind us that, however thoroughly we lose ourselves in the vortex of our invention, we inhabit a corporeal world.

I’ve always found something more fulfilling in the act of physically writing out words, as opposed to digital word processing (it’s sort of like books vs ebooks). I agree with how, despite the advances in technology, we are still living in a physical environment, and we need to stay in touch with the physical reality. After all, the soul and the physical body are inescapably intertwined, and what is writing but a projection of a part of your soul? For this reason I try to write on paper when I am brainstorming, as it feels like my ideas are becoming almost a physical reality – but I do use digital processing for work I want to share or keep for a long time.

In Brain Pickings’ latest post, writer Mary Gordon explores the deep connection between pen, paper and the writer. Check brain pickings out! It’s a good site for explorers of the mind.

How to be a writer

You cannot write if you have not lived. This, I believe, is the only rule for writers, or any artist for that matter.

Stories are life from the writer’s viewpoint. So if the writer has not lived, there will be nothing to write about.

The very best writers are those who draw the most out of life, capture its little details and understand it fully. Writers take what they have learnt and share it with the world. Writers are teachers, writers are learners. Writing is a give and take process. To have written is to have lived. That is all.

Me being an artsy-fartsy, pretentious little child. See how the slightly old fashioned tone makes everything I say so much more serious? It’s true though, that the best remedy to writer’s block is a day spent outdoors!