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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Right you are ... write away

12. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I think I write mostly when I have gone through something difficult in my life and my spirituality and all the things believe in come out of me loud and clear. I tend to write on a little journal my very personal thoughts and the lessons of life. I hope someday I can pass that along to someone else in my life..like a child (not necessarily my own).

13. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Perhaps the love for another?

Actaully I just enjoy how people can take meaningless sybmols and create emotions through the entire spectrum. Bringing to life mystical creatures or a forbidden love.

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Actaully I just enjoy how people can take meaningless sybmols and create emotions through the entire spectrum.

I'm not sure what you mean exactly, Brendan. Like turning a red rose into the symbol for love? Although that's so overused it's more like the symbol for lack of imagination on Valentine's Day..

15. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

no I mean letters.... as in "A, B, C, D... etc" are meaning symbols that have been givin meaning, and from there words created and given meaning, and then passages created with those words to create an even more detailed meaning...

I don't know if that makes sense..

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Do you mean the creation of language inherently implies that meaning is given to words? In the "which-came-first" sense, I think words and the emotions tied to them came about long before there was an alphabet. Letters just made it a lot easier to pass along those words.

Am I getting it yet? That chicken pot pie must be clouding my brain...

17. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

not that meaning is given to words, but that meaning is given to symbols and a collection of symbols. The only reason you know what I am saying now is because you have learned to recognise what these symbols are and the meaning behind them.

So I guess I am saying, I enjoy writing because it is the case of taking everyday symbols and their everyday meanings and turning them into something more.

Make sense?

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

D'uh!

OK, for some reason I thought you were saying you DIDN'T like letters - that you were against the fact that people gave meaning to written words. I follow you now!

Have you seen the movie Black Robe? It reminds me of the part where the missionary asks the Mohawk "Tell me something I don't know". The Mohawk replies "My wife died in the spring" - which the missionary writes down in his journal, and then tells the Mohawk to go ask the other missionary to take a look. When the other missionary sees the journal, he says to the Mohawk "Oh, your wife died in the spring" - and the Mohawk looks terrified and takes a step back. To him, the whole idea of writing was "magic".

Well, so maybe it is!

19. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I havn't seen that movie... sounds interesting though..

20. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Am I getting it yet? That chicken pot pie must be clouding my brain...

Maybe you accidentally ate some of the peas and they were having an adverse affect on you Tway.

I believe that writing is a form of magic. Whether you write about a factual event, a fictional character, an emotional experience (the list is endless), you are creating a visual image for the reader, and for yourself as the author. You can tell the story verbally and the listener will visualize your words into a mental picture. But, with the verbal description, a point or idea must be conveyed and the listeners imagintion is being directed to a singe focal point. With the written word, the imagination is left to it's own devices and the focal point broadens to become a much larger expanse.

As you said in the Creativity thread - it's "Letting go". And that is what writing is also. A letting go of words.